Manchester United Must Stump Up £24m For Key Central Defender Target

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La Liga winners hoping to block defender’s move to Old Trafford.

Atletico Madrid have made it clear that they will accept no offers lower than the £24 million release clause in the contract of their defender, and Manchester United target, Miranda, reports talkSPORT.

The centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford and he is thought to be in talks over a move away from Atletico. However, with the La Liga champions not keen to let him go, they will not do business unless the hefty release clause is met.

Miranda has been a key figure in Atletico’s remarkable rise to success over the last two seasons and has picked up seven caps for Brazil since making his debut in 2009. However, he is 29-years-old which makes the asking price of £24 million incredibly high for a man of his age.

United are being linked with a host of targets across the pitch, but mostly in defence where they need to make numerous signings ahead of the 2014/15 season. Miranda had been identified as one of the replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at centre-back, but his price-tag may have put an end to this speculation.

Barcelona have also been linked with a move for the impressive stopper, but they too may baulk at the price they will have to pay for a man approaching 30.

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