Dein denies Gilberto claims
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Dein has denied making "covert" approaches to the agent of Gilberto.Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has denied making "covert" approaches to the agent of Gilberto before he secured the Brazilian's signing.
Agent Jacques Lichtenstein has claimed in a High Court row that he is owed a £450,000 fee from Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro following Gilberto's £4.5 million move to Highbury in 2002.
Giving evidence in court, Dein was questioned about the negotiations which preceded the deal being struck and in his evidence claimed Lichtenstein had "missed the train" and had tried to "jump aboard when the train was already moving".
Dein claims that he used an associate in Brazil, Dick Law, to help broker a deal and make enquires about Gilberto's availability.
When cross-examined by Jonathan Crystal, representing Mr Lichtenstein, Dein was asked why Law was used when he is not a Fifa approved agent - to which Dein argued that the work carried out by his associate did not need such a title.
"He did not have to be for the work he was doing,'' said Dein.
Crystal asked Dein: "You were asking Mr Law to make covert inquiries of a footballer's agent and football club, is that not right?"
Dein responded by claiming it was not a "covert" approach as Law was being asked to approach both player and club.
"He was not a football agent. He does not purport to be. He was following my instructions."
"I understand he had received some money from the agent in Brazil.
"He was not going to see any money from us, and didn't receive any money from us."
The dispute between Atletico Mineiro and Lichtenstein is being fought out in a three-day hearing before Mr Justice Jack at London's High Court.