United linked defender set to stay as £24m release clause is too high

Vicente Calderon

Atletico Madrid are not going to budge on their asking price for centre-back Miranda.

Atletico Madrid probably should have expected it, and indeed they have been raided somewhat this summer. David Villa is gone, while Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa are off to Chelsea. The Blues also want Tiago and Filipe Luis. But while Diego Godin and Koke will remain - Los Colchoneros are still battling to hold onto another of their stalwarts.

Reports have recently linked both Manchester United and Barcelona with the signature of their central defender Miranda.

Louis van Gaal's men need to bring in a new centre-back this summer and the experienced but perhaps under-rated Atletico man seemed the perfect option.

Just this week it was reported that United were willing to spend the £24 million release clause to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford.

However reports from Spain this morning suggest that no deal is on the cards for the 29-year-old.

Marca have reported that despite many clubs being interested, including United, and Miranda's willingness to leave - he will not be on his way. The reason is simple, nobody will meet his release clause, and Atleti will not budge on their asking price.

You can understand why no suitors want to spend such a large sum of money on Miranda. He is a great player, a late bloomer who shone for the club last season. But he turns 30 in September and at that price, for that age, no team is likely to get a hold of him.

The reports however go on to suggest that Miranda is still happy at Atletico, and staying would not be the end of the world for his future plans and direction. Despite reportedly wanting a move to the Premier League it would appear the sands of time and the stubbornness of his current club have got in the way of any potential deal.

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