Manchester United also interested in Bayern Munich’s star centre-back…
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Liverpool have entered the race for Bayern Munich’s star central defender Dante.
According to a report in the Express today, the Reds will battle it out with Chelsea for the 30-year-old Brazilian.
Dante currently starts for Pep Guardiola’s defence, and has been a practical ever present in the lineup during the last two consecutive Bundesliga triumphs. He prides himself on his excellent left foot, and his ability to start attacks from deep. He can play raking long passes, and also pass the ball simply into midfield. Dante is similarly excellent in the air, and his performances since joining Bayern in 2012 have seem him elevated into conversations about the world’s very best defenders.
As a result, he’s part of Luis Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad for the World Cup this summer, although he’s likely to start on the bench behind Thiago Silva, and the imminent PSG signing David Luiz.
Interestingly, Chelsea could be targeting Dante as a direct replacement for 27-year-old Luiz, who is closing in on a mammoth £50m transfer to the Ligue 1 champions.
However, the Blues currently have the superb pairing of John Terry and Gary Cahill in defence, and Chelsea finished last term with the top flight’s best defensive record because of their form. Dante signing for the Stamford Bridge outfit seems unlikely, as Jose Mourinho would want to break up his current defensive partnership,.
Liverpool on the other hand are crying out for defensive improvements. They conceded 50 goals last term, more than Crystal Palace, Southampton or Manchester United.
Daniel Agger could be sold, meaning Dante could arrive and form a potentially excellent partnership with either Martin Skrtel or Slovakian stopper Martin Skrtel.
Manchester United tried to sign Dante in January though, and are in similarly desperate need of new defenders, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both leaving the club.
Both clubs could find it difficult to secure his services however, with the Brazilian having three years left on his contract at the Allianz.