Atletico Madrid seem to be the most unfortunate club in Europe at the moment, as another first team star continues to be linked with an exit away from Diego Simeone’s club.
Joao Miranda, a defensive target for Manchester United, is reportedly excited at the prospect of moving to Barcelona ahead of next season.
In some cases, reports have emerged that United have agreed a deal for the right sided defender, but the Catalan press begs to differ.
“Miranda is excited about the idea of playing at the Nou Camp,” reports Catalan based newspaper Sport.
Why he’s so excited is a little hard to gauge based on the different seasons that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have just enjoyed.
Barca didn’t win a trophy, which saw Gerardo Martino sacked from his role as the club’s manager, replaced promptly with Luis Enrique, someone who played for the club and coached the B team.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid’s season was extremely successful.
Despite the heartbreak of defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Atletico sealed the La Liga title to break up the dominance enjoyed by Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years.
That success means a lot in football and questions the logic behind any desire of Miranda to move away.
There is a glimmer of hope for United if reports of their interest are accurate.
They should be able to rely on the fact that Diego Simeone won’t want one of his more experienced players to join a domestic rival, which could hurt the club next season.
Louis van Gaal needs to inject some experience into his backline considering the exits of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
The reports of United's interest also suggest LvG lacks confidence in the likes of Rafael and Chris Smalling at right-back, though the latter could be allowed to settle in his more natural central position with the key duo departing.
It will be interesting to see how the situation pans out.