What Manchester United do with regard to Rio Ferdinand's contract at the end of the season could have implications for their summer transfer business, while it has also been rumoured that the Red Devils could cash in on Nemanja Vidic.
This has led to speculation United are poised to sign a centre-back, with Ezequiel Garay and Eliaquim Mangala the two names most regularly linked over recent months.
In the past weeks a third name has joined that very small shortlist, being Brazilian defender Dede, who plays for Vasco da Gama.
Liverpool, Anzhi Machachkala, Benfica and Juventus are all interested too, while it was previously thought that AC Milan could be the favourites having taken the lead with initial enquiries for the player after Vasco indicated they were willing to sell at the right price.
Now it appears as though the player could make a move across Brazil instead, rather than switch continents.
It is claimed he is in talks with Corinthians, the former club of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.
His agent Giuliano Aranda said: "Corinthians is a concrete possibility. We are not talking about enquiries here, but actual negotiations,
“It is difficult to say they are very close to a deal, but we will say Corinthians is a concrete possibility."
The move would be a controversial one, for last season in Brazil, Vasco finished one place and one point ahead of Corinthians, fourth rather than fifth.
But Corinthians have always been an ambitious side willing to spend big money, as seen by their acquisition of Tevez, Mascherano and Carlos Alberto several years back.
And then there is the prestige. League form aside last season, Corinthians accomplished the ultimate goal of winning the Copa Libertadores, and then beat Chelsea in the FIFA Club World Cup. That may just be enough to tempt the player away, and a likely increase in wages too.
With the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil's homeland, Dede who has seven international caps will want to add to them, and a big move across Brazil will ensure he stays in the spotlight and captures the attention of Luiz Scolari.
A switch to Manchester United or Liverpool or Milan could be equally as glamorous, but the challenge of becoming the cornerstone of the next big Corinithians side is as exciting for him, even if it means over in Europe we will miss out on him.
Would such a move be good for Dede or a missed opportunity?
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