Barcelona fans prefer Hummels to Manchester United target Miranda

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In an online poll, Barcelona fans have voted in favour of signing Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels over Atletico Madrid star Miranda.

After missing out on David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have been forced to turn their attentions to another defender this summer as they bid to replace their former captain Carles Puyol.

Among the potential signings are Jeremy Mathieu, Marquinhos and reported Manchester United target Miranda.

With those three names heading Barcelona’s shortlist, Spanish newspaper Diario Sport created an online poll of potential targets asking which player the Nou Camp faithful wish to see play for them next season.

Germany international Mats Hummels was a clear winner, gaining 59% of the votes. Surprisingly, Atletico Madrid defender Miranda only received 5% of the votes, clearly showing that the Brazilian linked with a move to Old Trafford isn’t favoured by the Catalan club's supporters.

With Barcelona fans holding an element of power at the La Liga club, the news may potentially boost the Red Devils' chances of signing the Atletico star.

Following the summer departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, a new top central defender is a high priority for new boss Louis van Gaal, and Atletico's Miranda has been earmarked as a player who fits the bill.

The Brazilian centre-back was a rock for Diego Simeone’s side last season, helping the team claim the La Liga title ahead of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Spanish publication, El Confidencial, has been reporting United’s interest in the 29-year-old, although it is expected that the Red Devils will have to pay up to €30 million (£24m) for his services as Los Rojiblancos are only willing to sell should a suitor match his release clause.

This, therefore, produces a potential stumbling block as Miranda may not represent such a good investment given his age and United would clearly prefer to pay much less.

However, in Javier Hernandez, Nani and Antonio Valencia, the Premier League side do have a number of options to potentially sweeten a deal should they wish to proceed with their interest.

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