Dante's Agent Denies Bayern Defender Is Heading to Manchester United

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

Bayern Munich's player Dante during their friendly football match with Al-Merreikh during  at Al-Saad stadium in Doha on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
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The agent of Bayern Munich defender Dante has moved to dissuade reports suggesting that his client has agreed to a move to Manchester United.

The Independent's Ed Aarons claims that after speaking with Dante's agent, he states that reports from Fox Sports Brasil linking the two parties are false:

The Mirror's Ed Malyon reported earlier on Tuesday, Jan. 21, that Dante may indeed be interested in a move to Old Trafford, however, saying that "it will all be sorted out by the end of the month."

The 30-year-old has been extremely impressive for Bayern since moving to the Allianz Arena from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2012.

In just over 18 months with Die Roten, Dante has made 70 appearances for Bayern and played a key role in the club's domestic and European treble success last season, especially in the absence of a sidelined Holger Badstuber.

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This term, Pep Guardiola's defence has conceded just eight goals, which is less than any other team in Europe's top five divisions.

WhoScored and OptaJoe show exactly how crucial a player the Brazilian international has been for the club this season:

With so much going his way in Bavaria, it's difficult to see why Dante would want to abandon ship given Bayern's current trajectory, promising to evolve once more under Guardiola's tutelage.

On the other hand, United have experienced a downward spiral under David Moyes' command thus far, leaking 27 goals in their first 22 Premier League games of the campaign.

One who clearly feels it would be a great addition for the Red Devils at this point is ex-United right-back Gary Neville:

Moyes' need for an experienced central defender is quite desperate given that both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are out of contract this summer.

Should one or even both of those stalwarts leave, the club would be left with a fairly unseasoned trio in the shapes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre-back.

Dante's credentials over the last few years certainly speak for themselves, but with Moyes struggling to add real quality to his side so far this month, this too would look like an unrealistic venture at present.