The capture of Dante would lift the gloom surrounding Old Trafford.
The Brazilian international has been a revelation in the Bundesliga and an integral part of Bayern's continued success.
Now 30 years of age, Dante has one last big move in him, and his agent Marcus Marin hasn't ruled out Manchester United as a possible destination even though there is no deal in place at this juncture.
According to Ed Aarons of the Independent, Marin remarked:
Dante is at a crucial stage of his career so he needs to think about one last big contract. He has had a brilliant year and won several medals so we know how important the next few months will be.
There is no agreement with Manchester United.
He is very happy in Germany at the moment but if nothing can be arranged ... then of course he would have to explore his options elsewhere.
If things don’t work out with Bayern then England would definitely be somewhere he is interested in playing.
The player himself was a little more forthcoming, however, when questioned live on television about the rumours, saying:
"I'm thankful for the Manchester United interest, it will all be sorted out by the end of the month."
Fox Sports Brazil have even gone as far as confirming (via their Twitter feed) that the player will sign.
(Translation: Dante leaves Bayern, is the new Manchester United defender!)
With only a week left of the transfer window, the Old Trafford money men will need to move quickly to ensure that the player does indeed sign on the dotted line.
That Dante himself appears to endorse the move should give United fans, desperate for reinforcements to turn United's season around, some hope that the deal can be concluded.
The Brazilian would certainly represent a significant upgrade on the central defenders in situ, according to Squawka.com.
|Name||Games||Pass Accuracy||Defensive Errors|
|Jonny Evans||14||87 percent||2|
|Nemanja Vidic||15||84 percent||2|
|Phil Jones||14||87 percent||0|
|Chris Smalling||15||80 percent||1|
|Rio Ferdinand||7||89 percent||0|
The injury-prone Rio Ferdinand comes closest to matching Dante's stats, and with his contract due to expire at the end of this season, it's unlikely that the London-born defender will be patrolling the United back line thereafter.
In terms of playing style, there was always much to admire about Ferdinand. In his pomp he was a solid defensive presence and more than adept at bringing the ball out from the back, turning defence quickly into attack.
In fact, it's much the same skill set that we see in the Brazilian's play, and Dante himself explained (via Fernando Duarte's column for ESPN) why he is well suited to playing in Europe's major leagues:
Every big team in Europe now focuses on possession and moving the ball around and Brazilian defenders are very suitable for this kind of game because our school of football values the pass.
We are also much more comfortable going forward, another requirement of the style of game that is being played now by teams like Bayern and Barcelona, for example.
Despite finding themselves in an unaccustomed seventh place in the Premier League table, much of United's destiny remains in their own hands.
They are still only six points from a Champions League berth, and four of the last 16 games are against their direct rivals.
The negativity that surrounds the club at present might well be dispersed in an instant if Moyes can be successful in the transfer market.
Adding Dante to a creaking defence would give the whole place a lift.