Manchester United have been linked with Atletico Madrid’s defender Miranda by The Telegraph.
The Telegraph’s Matt Law claims Man United are locked in a heated battle with Chelsea for the Brazilian centre-backs signature.
United have long been rumoured to be close to signing Miranda but a move has never been materialised yet.
Law claims the player has again told his family and friends he may be leaving the Vicente Calderon having spoken to his club’s officials about a possible transfer.
Atletico would rather keep one of their prized assets having apparently offered former Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld to Chelsea in order to deflect their interest from Miranda.
Miranda is a name that, along with Mats Hummels and Nicolas Otamendi, has long been linked with a move to Manchester and it’s clear the team needs an injection of real quality into the centre-back position.
Fans’ favourite Marcos Rojo has excited the crowds with his passionate defending but is perhaps harmed by his versatility, which has led to spells at left-back during some of Luke Shaw‘s many injury lay-offs.
Jonny Evans is sure to be shown the exit door this summer after a disappointing campaign in which he seems to have regressed as a footballer and found himself behind rookies Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair in the pecking order.
Miranda is one of the best defenders in Spain and has experience with at the highest level of the game, having won La Liga with Atletico as well as appearing in last years Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Whilst the United back-line is lacking experience and leadership, it is uncertain whether a 30-year-old, who would need time to acclimatise to English football, is a long-term fix to Van Gaal’s problems or whether a younger player such as Otamendi or Laporte would be preferable would be the solution to United’s long-standing centre-back problem.