Liverpool target Dede "has chosen to join Corinthians" - agent
He has been a recent target for Liverpool, Cruzeiro and AC Milan, but South America-linked agent Sabatino Durante insists that the clubs should forget about securing the signature of Dedé, with Corinthians the player's choice of future destination.
Talk over the future of Vasco centre-back Dedé has hotted up once more this week, with Corinthians attempting once more to strike a deal for his services. Cruzeiro, too, are attempting to finance a deal.
Vasco are seeking €5 million for the 45 percent of Dedé's economic rights which they own and, with Corinthians' good relationship with majority investors DIS, it is thought that it is only the Rio de Janeiro club who present an obstacle to a deal.
Durante is certainly convinced, telling Serie A clubs to give up dreams of securing the defender's signature.
“Forget about it, the player has chosen to join Corinthians,” he told Radio Marte. “The negotiations for that transfer are at a good point.
“He has great strength and power, but you need more focus to play in Europe. Despite being watched by Milan, Juventus and Napoli, he has decided what step to take. He could evolve into a top player at Corinthians.”
The comments follow those of Dedé's own agent, Ubiraci Cardoso, earlier this week. Cardozo told UOL: "Dede wants to play the World Cup and stay in Brazil.
"We'll have more news within the next days. The investors [that own a percentage of Dede's rights] have good relations with Corinthians and that may help. But there is still some distance before the deal can be made official."