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Manchester United will sign Brazilian defender Dante from Bayern Munich before the end of the transfer window.

Reports in Brazil suggest a deal has been agreed for the 30-year-old defender that will see the player arrive at Old Trafford before the end of January.

Media outlet Fox Sports Brazil tweeted the news after it was unveiled by journalist Gustavo Villani on Tuesday afternoon.

United have struggled defensively this season and with the futures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand still up in the air it seems that David Moyes has moved to bring in an experienced reinforcement.

Fox Sports had previously reported United’s interest in Dante and report the player saying: “I’m happy with the Manchester United interest, my agent is keeping me informed about it.”

But in the wake of the latest reports, the player insisted they were premature and said: “Not yet. I’m sticking with Bayern Munich and appreciate Manchester United’s interest. At the end of the month everything is defined.”

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been touted as the centre-defensive partnership of the future at Old Trafford but United appear to believe that the pair still require more time.Dante won the Champions League with Bayern Munich last season demonstrating his European pedigree.

And while his participation for Bayern in this year’s competition rules him out of helping United in Europe, the Brazilian international could still provide a significant boost on the domestic front, possibly leaving Vidic and Ferdinand fresh for continental competition.

Dante cost Bayern just £4m when he moved from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 but details over a fee that would send him to United are yet to be revealed.

Dante has also played for Lille and Standard Liege before making the move to Germany in 2009.

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