Several sources carried the news yesterday that Manchester United were taking a look at the possibility of signing Dante from Bayern Munich.
The rumours are perfectly understandable with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both in the latter stages of their careers with doubt still hanging over whether the Serbian will sign a new deal with the club.
Dante himself may be 30-years-old but he would allow United to retain that key experience and quality through the heart of their defence as players like Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling cement their places in the back four.
However, it all seems to be a product of the rumour mill because Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft has said the move won’t happen for the Brazilian defender.
The player himself has given nothing away in the matter but has suggested that a move to Old Trafford is unlikely.
“What I can say is that my agents are the ones who handle deals and talks. I am happy at Bayern and the most important is to keep working, I am happy with Man Utd's interest, let's see what happens in the future,” Dante told Fox Sports Brasil.
His agent, Marcus Marin, supports Fjortoft’s view that the deal won’t happen, stressing that a contract extension at Bayern Munich is much more likely.
“There is no agreement with Manchester United. We are currently in negotiations with Bayern over a new deal and his first option is to play there,” he’s quoted by the Independent.
Is it any real surprise that Bayern want to keep one of the key components in a defence which has conceded only eight goals in the league so far this season?
Not really and it shouldn’t be viewed as a blow by United or the club’s fans because there are other, younger and longer lasting players the club can target over the next week and a half or the summer.
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