Report: Manchester United and Chelsea battle for Atletico Madrid's Miranda

Atletico Madrid

The Premier League duo are reportedly interested in a deal for Brazilian defender Miranda.

Manchester United and Chelsea are set to do battle over Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, according to The Telegraph.

Both clubs are in the market for a new central defender ahead of next season, with the position a particular weak point for Louis van Gaal’s side.

Brazil international Miranda’s contract expires next summer and Atletico are concerned that they will be forced to sell the 30-year-old, according to the Telegraph report. The Blues have already been offered Toby Alderweireld by Atletico, according to The Mirror, but Jose Mourinho remains keen on Miranda instead.

A potential stumbling block for Chelsea will be their inability to offer the Brazilian a guaranteed first team spot, with both John Terry and Gary Cahill having enjoyed a stellar campaign as the first-choice pairing at Stamford Bridge and Kurt Zouma having impressed when called upon.

That is not a problem at United, though, with both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling unlikely to be selected ahead of him should he opt for a switch to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils having struggled in that position throughout the 2014/15 campaign.

A big plus point for both clubs will be his relatively low fee, given his contract is set to expire, meaning the ball is very much in their court.

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