The Red Devils may be able to solve their defensive issues for just £20m…
Manchester United’s search for a competent centre-half could be coming to an end, after reports indicate that a £20m January bid for Atletico Madrid’s Miranda would be enough to persuade the Spanish club to sell.
Reports in the Daily Express indicate that the emergence of young Uruguayan centre-back José Gimenez has meant that Atletico boss Diego Simeone is now willing to sell Miranda for less than before.
The Brazilian defender has a £24m release clause, but with his contract expiring in the summer of 2016, Atleti have accepted they won’t get the full figure for the centre-back, despite his great form.
United have plenty of centre-backs, but none of them have looked particularly convincing this season, and all of them seem to be extremely injury prone.
Miranda has been at the heart of Simeone’s impressive side, who won La Liga and reached the Champions League final this year.
The Brazilian’s partnership with Diego Godin was perhaps the most important aspect of the team which overcame the odds to top the Spanish league.
He has also forced his way into the Brazil team, and is now a first choice centre-back after having been controversially left out of the squad for Brazil 2014 by Luis Felipe Scolari.