News broke quite recently that Manchester United were one of several clubs taking a close look at 24-year-old defender Dede, rated as one of the most exciting and promising defenders in Brazil.
United fans everywhere may have been cursing their luck when it was announced that Cruzeiro had trumped everyone, to secure a £7 million deal which on the surface reflects superb value.
However, what many fans wouldn’t have realised is that Vasco de Gama, Dede’s previous club (or current one depending on how you look at it) are $125 million in debt.
It’s for that reason that the National Treasury blocked the transfer, making it seemingly impossible for Dede to move and for Vasco de Gama to receive a single penny of the cash.
There seems to be a bit of a debate over whether that cash should go straight towards paying off some of the debts of the club and how much freedom Dede has a player.
The legal situation is that because the move has been blocked, Dede cannot move on, but he has basic rights as a professional worker in Brazil to be disassociated from the debts of the club and allowed to move.
Had United been the club going in to try and formally agree a deal to go through at the end of the season, not only would it cost them more money than the deal is worth, it would also result in a lot of wasted time.
It may even have reflected on the club in a majorly negative way considering the calibre of young defenders they already have in the squad; Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and the Da Silva brothers.
The club would have been massively criticised for making what many would see as a pointless signing upon reflection of the defensive reserves in the squad, which would create more trouble than the player is actually worth.
It could have meant United having to go and pay legal fees for lawyers to try and get Dede freed from his association with Vasco de Gama; which is what Cruzeiro may have to do if they want to land their player.
Endless going back and forth over a player with world class and undoubted talent is probably worth it but this doesn’t seem like a legal case, which is going to be simple for any party to resolve.
Dede could certainly do a job at the top level but it looks as though it’s going to be a lot of hassle for Cruzeiro to snap him up officially against the effect he’ll literally have.
Do you think United dodged a bullet?
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