Man Utd To Push Ahead With €27m Deal For Brazilian, Club Ready To Sell

By on February 13, 2015

The January transfer window is now closed but that won’t stop the newspapers from speculating ahead of the summer so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Man Utd are linked with Atletico Madrid defender Miranda…

Manchester United are ready to push ahead with a €27m deal for Miranda after Atletico Madrid made it clear they are willing to cash in on the centre-back this summer, according to reports.

United were strongly linked with a move for Miranda last summer with some reports even suggesting the player had began house-hunting in the Manchester area ahead of a proposed move, but a deal failed to materialise after the defender was persuaded to remain at the Vicente Calderon by his agent Jorge Mendes.

However, Miranda has seen his first team spot come under pressure this season from highly-rated youngster Jose Maria Gimenez and he’s started just two of Atletico’s last five games after returning from a month on the sidelines with a muscle injury.

The Express claim Diego Simeone has made it clear that he wants to pair Gimenez with fellow Uruguayan Diego Godin at the heart of his defence next year, so Atletico chiefs have told United they are free to sign Miranda this summer.

The 30-year-old will have just 12 months left on his contract at the end of the season and it’s understood the La Liga champions are keen to cash in and command a decent fee while they still can, and the newspaper says United are now ready to complete a €27m (£20m) deal.

On paper, United have plenty of options at centre-back with the likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling all on the books, but the quartet have all had their injury problems this season and Louis van Gaal is likely to be on the look-out for a top class central defender this summer.

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Miranda would certainly be an excellent short-term solution as he’s been outstanding for Atletico over the past few years, but £20m is a huge investment for a player who is now the wrong side of 30 and will have very little sell-on value in a couple of years, so I’d personally be surprised if the United money-men agreed to this deal.

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