Dede (Vasco Da Gama)
Age: 24. Height: 1.93 m
Position: Central defender
Projected value: £6.6 million. Rumoured fee: £15 million
Liverpool are certain to be looking for at least one top central defender this summer as Jamie Carragher moves into retirement, while question marks still surround the long-term futures of Martin Skrtel and Seb Coates.
While there have already been several names linked with summer moves to the Reds in this position, the latest rumour gives more reason for optimism and hope for Liverpool supporters.
Considering the calibre, experience and prices of some of the other defenders that Liverpool have seen next to their name in the media recently, this step up in quality is exactly what fans will have been hoping to see.
Dede—capped six times by the Brazilian national team—is a powerful and athletic defender, adept at winning important challenges both on the ground and in the air, exactly the type the Reds require. He also has extremely impressive pace, enabling him to make blocks and tackles on attackers. Comfortable on the ball and able to move quickly up the field with the ball at his feet, he potentially brings another option to Brendan Rodgers' team in building from the back.
It's not all perfect and full-steam-ahead, though, as per Chris Atkins for ESPN:
While the 2013 season has started encouragingly, the centre-back is still far from the levels that he reached just 18 months ago.
While it is somewhat inevitable that it will take some time to recover form post-injury , it could well be enough for clubs to baulk at the size of the suggested 15-million-pound fee. While a stress fracture and break of his fibula (in April and October of last year) are less likely to recur than a muscle injury, that too will no doubt be a worry.
Combining poor form, a suspect recent injury record and a lack of experience outside of Brazil, there is no doubt that his signing would represent a risk for any interested club.
Certainly points of risk to note, but Liverpool are not necessarily in a position at present to buy the most in-form, in-demand players around right now; they are going to have to go for those who represent the biggest cost-potential benefit to the team.
At centre-back, that seems to signal a move for Dede.
Player data taken from TransferMarkt.co.uk