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Brazilian trio sign for Manchester United
Danilo, Alex Sandro and Dede have all signed for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal continues his re-building process.
All three players have joined for a combined fee of 35 million pounds which is considered a coup by the spokesperson for the club, saying that the fans are 'delighted' with the business the club has done as all three players have exceptional quality and talent which will undoubtedly improve the defensive areas of the squad.
van Gaal also commented on the signings, telling Sky Sports News exclusively that he is 'very happy' with his signings and for the price involved. He believes that each of the three players adds something new to the squad and have enough potential to become World Class if they get enough game time, which leads us to believe that the three Brazilians are not guaranteed starters, as van Gaal mentioned that his existing defenders are not pushovers and will fight for their place.
The first of the three signings is young full-back Danilo, who joins Manchester United for a fee of 11 million pounds, which again is considered a bargain for the type of player the club have purchased. Danilo will add pace and energy into the wide areas, making him an ideal rival for Rafael as they will both have to fight for their place as Louis van Gaal's number on right sided full-back.
Danilo made his name playing for FC Porto in the Portuguese Premier League, however he started out in his native country of Brazil, playing for America before transferring to Santos, where another Brazilians name was made, that being Neymar Jr, who joined FC Barcelona two years ago. Danilo impressed whilst playing for Santos which finally sealed a 11.25 million pound move for the full-back by FC Porto. Now Danilo will be training hard in order to make his debut when the Premier League finally kicks off.
Danilo made a name for himself whilst playing for Santos, which finally caught the interest of FC Porto, who decided to purchase him for 11.25 million pounds.
The next Brazilian is another full-back who plays on the opposite side to Danilo, that being Alex Sandro. The 23 year old is in a similar mould to Danilo, as he has that pace and energy needed to perform well playing as a full-back. Sandro joins Manchester United for a fee of 14 million pounds, which is again considered a huge steal due to the amount of potential and current ability he has right now.
Alex Sandro made the same journey as Danilo, transferring from the Brazilian League to the Portuguese Premier League. Again, he played for Santos which is where he made a name for himself and attracted interest from FC Porto, who decided to purchase him as well as Danilo in 2011. Since then Sandro has made 61 appearances for Porto and is touted to be one of the best left sided full-backs in a few years time. Sandro is expected to start Manchester United's opening game of the season due to Luke Shaw still being out injured.
Alex Sandro and Danilo have become great friends since their move to FC Porto, which played a part in the pair moving to England to play for Manchester United.
And finally Louis van Gaal has decided to spend 10 million pounds on strong centre-half Dede, who was listed on the transfer market as he wanted to leave Brazil and play in one of the biggest leagues in Europe. Dede will offer Manchester United great physical presence both on the ground and in the air, which will mean that he is the ideal replacement for Nemanja Vidic, who left the club last season when his contract expired.
Dede has surprisingly never left his native country to play football, playing in all three divisions in Brazil and notching up over 150 appearances for all the Brazilian teams he has played for. Dede wanted to leave as he felt he was just too good for the Brazilian Leagues and Louis van Gaal offered him a chance he could not refuse. It is to be see whether Dede will be able to adapt to the Barclays Premier League and for-fill his 10 million pound price tag come the end of the season.