It’s just a couple of weeks until the window opens now and Manchester United may well do some business. It’s common knowledge that United are not interested in quick fixes for the January window. But if a long-term target becomes available then they will act.
It’s difficult to know where Miranda fits in to that philosophy. He was regularly linked with Manchester United in the summer but the hype died down. And, more recently, his brilliant centre back partner Diego Godin has been more intensely linked with a move to Manchester United. But latest reports suggest a move for Miranda could be back on:
£20m Miranda bid ACCEPTED
ATLETICO MADRID are happy to accept a £20m bid from Manchester United for defender Joao Miranda.
The La Liga champions are reportedly open to the sale of the Brazilian since the emergence of young centre-back Jose Gimenez.
Miranda has a £24m release clause in his contract, but Atletico are prepared to sell for £4m less due to the 30-year-old’s deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Godin is two years younger than his Brazilian team mate and was regarded, by many, as the superior player of the two when Atletico almost did the most unlikely double last season.
But Miranda would still probably represent an upgrade on what Manchester United currently have in defence. He’s 30 but hasn’t suffered major injury in his career and looks as if he could play on at the top level for at least another two years.
The question is whether that would be enough to persuade Manchester United to part with upwards of £20m in fees alone. We think that the club should be more prudent. They are desperate to return to the top but can sustain a longer period of dominance if they invest in players in their early to mid-twenties who can stay at the club for 5 years plus and still have room for improvement – Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are two that fit the bill perfectly.
Let’s see a Miranda profile. Manchester United fans: stick or twist on Miranda?