La Liga title winner Miranda remains keen on a transfer away from Atletico Madrid, and continues to eye up Manchester United.
Both sides are proposing wage increases on his current deal at Atletico, and he will jump at the chance to move if a deal is struck.
The problem remains however, that Atletico are refusing to budge on the 30 million release clause in the defender's contract.
And Marca write that neither club has indicated a willingness to pay it. With Miranda 29-years-old, the fee represents mixed value, with it considered he may enjoy only a couple more seasons at his peak.
From Manchester United's perspective, it may be one they come around to, if they strike out in pursuit of other top targets, with Mats Hummels already knocking them back, for this summer at least.
Miranda in their team will be better than the money in the bank and no new central defender come the end of the transfer window.
The twist in the tale however, is that Atletico are coming around to the idea of giving Miranda a pay increase.
Marca state that: "Atlético do not want to be inflexible, however, and are willing to review some points of the defender's contract so that he is rewarded for the contribution he made during the just completed historic season."
So United will need to act fast, for Miranda may decide once he has his pay increase, United's offer is not as attractive anyway.
In a summer full of rejection so far for the Red Devils, they should perhaps be prepared to pay a little over the odds for a defender who wants to join and leave a Champions League club for them, even if his motive is in part financial.