Manchester United transfer news: £24m Brazilian Miranda is ‘almost’ a United player

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Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Miranda according to a report in Spain.

Newspaper AS claims the Brazilian centre-back ‘has almost completed his move’ to Old Trafford, following previous reports that the player with a £24million release-clause was on Louis van Gaal’s radar.

Given that Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have now left United, the club are in need of at least one new experienced defender and Miranda certainly fits the bill. But for £24million? That remains to be seen.

Miranda enjoyed an outstanding season for the new La Liga champions and is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in Spain. But with his 30th birthday fast approaching, van Gaal may be wise focusing on slightly younger alternatives.

In other news, United reportedly face competition for Holland international Memphis Depay.

The PSV Eindhoven left winger is enjoying an impressive World Cup and was linked with United almost as soon as van Gaal was officially named as their next boss.

But the Mirror claims Tottenham Hotspur are keen on the £17million-rated 20-year-old who has been dubbed in some quarters ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’.

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