Report: Manchester United target Miranda allowed to leave Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid are preparing to sell Joao Miranda in the summer.

Miranda enjoyed a wonderful campaign last season as Atletico won La Liga and reached the Champions League Final, with his form in defence reportedly drawing admiring glances from the Premier League.

Manchester United were the main club linked with the Brazilian international, as they looked to fix their defensive woes by signing an experienced and top class centre-half. The Daily Star reported on interest from the Red Devils that lasted from the summer until January, and, even though Louis van Gaal failed to sign a central defender in either transfer window, no deal was completed for Miranda.

The 30-year-old has not been as important to Diego Simeone’s squad this year as he was last term, due to the breakthrough of Jose Gimenez. Miranda made 52 appearances in all competitions last term as a first-choice defender, but Gimenez, who signed for the club at the start of last season, has slightly usurped his role. The veteran centre-back has made more appearances than 20-year-old Gimenez, but he has only 22 to his name - and it looks as if Atletico are preparing for life after Miranda.

With his contract expiring in the summer of 2016, now would be the time that Atletico would start approaching him concerning a new deal, but a report in Marca claims that they will not offer him an extension and will be looking to sell him in summer to ensure a transfer fee is received, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.

Despite having just one year left on his contract in the summer, it is suggested that Atletico will be listening to offers, and are starting at a valuation of €20 million. Although the value is excessive for an ageing defender, United could be tempted in the knowledge that Miranda is up for sale, and, having yet to secure the signing of a centre-back, it would come as no surprise to see the Red Devils make an offer.

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