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Manchester United Miranda speculation dismissed by English press

Reports in Spain suggesting Manchester United had triggered Atletico defender Miranda's £24m release clause have been dismissed by multiple sources.

According to this morning’s reports, Manchester United were set to trigger a £24million release clause for Atletico Madrid's Miranda.

Despite speculation, Daily Telegraph Football Correspondent, Mark Ogden, has confirmed there has been no official movement for the player.

The Daily Mail has also quashed the reports, which had originated from Spanish newspaper, AS.

Atletico were allegedly looking to cash-in on the central defender, who turns 30 in September. With Manchester United looking to invest in defensive reinforcements, Miranda would have proven a valuable addition.

The 29-year-old was a mainstay for Diego Simeone's La Liga champions last season and looked set to link-up with Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

However, the supposed £24million price tag caused concern for a number of Red Devil’s fans. With several suggesting his release-clause was unrealistic for a player nearing the end of his peak level of performance.

As Ogden advises, we should now turn our attention to the World Cup in Brazil. Unfortunately, however, Miranda will be watching the action from the sidelines, just like the rest of us. 

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari decided against the defender when finalising his 23-man squad; a decision that has come as a surprise given Miranda's recent performances.

He has enjoyed a dramatic revival since moving to Vicente Calderon three years ago and this season he proved instrumental in the club's La Liga glory.


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