Following the summer departures of long-standing centre-back duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United are on the lookout for a new dominant centre-back.
A number of names have been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but the most recent to do the rounds in the Spanish and British press is Atletico Madrid defender Miranda.
The 29-year-old Brazilian defender has only been playing in Europe for three years, joining Atletico Madrid in 2011.
His strength, positional play and excellent distribution from the back has never been in doubt, yet it is his consistency over the last two years for Diego Simeone’s side which has made him one of Europe’s most outstanding centre-backs.
Atletico’s La Liga-winning campaign has put a number of their players in the spotlight, with Miranda being linked with a £24million move to both United and Barcelona.
Both clubs are in dire need of a new central defender, though the supporters of each club have drastic contrasting views regarding the potential signing of Atletico Madrid’s rock at the back.
In an online poll conducted by the Spanish press Diario Sport, 71% voted against signing Miranda with the general consensus that Paris Sant-Germain star Marquinhos is the favoured option.
With the demanding Nou Camp crowd having a strong influence in the club’s presidential decisions, Josep Maria Bartomeu may take note of the supporters’ opinion and leave the Red Devils to have a clear run at signing the defender.