€30m Manchester United summer target Miranda now available at cut-price

Atletico Madrid are said to be considering selling defender Miranda.

This summer Manchester United were linked with several top-class defenders, including Atletico Madrid's Brazilian star Miranda.

The star central defender even confirmed he was interested in the move this summer - despite an excellent season with Los Colchoneros which saw him win the La Liga title ahead of Barcelona.

The deal however never came to fruition.

Miranda was pushing 30 so United were rightly unwilling to overspend on a player with perhaps only three more years guaranteed at the top of his game.

However, Atletico want any club who buys any of their players to meet the respective release clause - which in Miranda's case stood at a whopping €30 million. Needless to say that was a price they were not willing to pay for the player.

With that in mind, and Atletico not exactly keen on a sale, Manchester United were never likely to get Miranda through the door.

However that has now, seemingly, changed.

Reports in Spain this week are suggesting that Atletico are now willing to sell the player.

The form of the 19-year-old Uruguayan Jose Maria Gimenez and his elder countryman Diego Godin has repoertedly convinced the hierarchy at the Vicente Calderon that Miranda is now surplus to requirements and if they receive a decent offer for his services, they will let him go.

Quite a turnaround in six months, but it seems as though Manchester United could now get their man if they remain keen.

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