Brazilian centre-back Miranda is close to a move to Manchester United according to Spanish newspaper AS, at a price of €30 million.
That is the fee required to activate the defender's release clause, and Miranda is said to also been keen on joining the Red Devils. There are doubts on the veracity of the report however, with The Telegraph among those to denounce it's accuracy.
The possibility certainly raises a talking point however, and here are three questions arising as a result of United's credited interest in the Atletico Madrid man...
Would this prove Van Gaal is building a team to win now?
Miranda is 29, and not a long-term option for United. But then again at 62, neither is new manager Louis van Gaal. Miranda is at his peak, similar to Robin van Persie was when he signed in Manchester. He won the title in the following season, and in buying a player at the top of his game, United are clearly hoping to catapult back up the league table next season and show 2013/14 was a blip rather than a trend.
Would United be paying too much?
€30 million sounds a lot for any defender, especially one who is 29. It equates to £24 million, shy of the £30 million the Red Devils spent on a 23-year-old Rio Ferdinand in 2002. Again, for a player at his peak if United want to win now, Miranda could spent three seasons at United and win trophies in all three - he would then be seen as worth every penny. In that short time though there is less opportunity to justify the price and more pressure and Miranda will have to adapt quickly.
Could he succeed where other Brazilians have failed?
Rafael da Silva is the lone Brazilian success at United, with Kleberson and Anderson failing to impress. In the Premier League, Brazilian centre-backs have had mixed success. Roque Junior is the infamous nadir of his countrymen in England, while at Chelsea, David Luiz was a divisive figure. Alex fared somewhat more consistently at Chelsea, while Miranda will clearly hope he can be the best of the lot.
Here's a look at the fan reaction on Twitter to the potential deal:
If we manage to sign Miranda it will be good start. A CB that is in his best form and already have experience.#MUFC— Wazza (@OdeanMUFC) May 28, 2014
We should go for Varane instead of Miranda #MUFC— Shane *Neymar JR* (@Shane_Neymar11) May 28, 2014
In £30m we can sign M.Hummels Or M.Benatia. Both players are Beast and younger than Miranda. #MUFC"— Jeff MUFC (@JT7__) May 28, 2014
Miranda would be a top buy for #MUFC. Quality CB with 3 or 4 quality years left in him. Gives us enough time to evaluate Jones/Smalling.— CJ (@CCUJJ) May 28, 2014