Manchester United are ready to battle with both Chelsea and Inter Milan for the permanent signing of Atletico Madrid’s Miranda this summer, reported Gianluca Di Marzio.
Miranda is still in contract with Atletico, but right now nearly half way through a two-season loan spell with Italian giants Inter. However, the Nerazzurri have the chance in the loan deal to sign the player permanently, but Manchester United are reportedly keen to hijack the bid.
Manchester United’s desperation for a new centre-back is nothing new. Chris Smalling’s emergence this season has been impressive in many respects but with midfielder Daley Blind playing alongside him, there still remains a clear weakness in LVG’s squad. Over the years they have been linked with several players including Joao Miranda when he was at Atletico Madrid and now Gianluca di Marzio has yet again linked United with the Brazilian defender. di Marzio claims United have got one eye on Serie A for some new signings particularly on Inter Milan’s Miranda.
Meanwhile, Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport claim that Chelsea have also shown interest on the central defender, who has 27 caps for Brazil. Miranda has been lined up as a strong transfer target by both the Premier League giants over a number of recent transfer windows – at least according to various sources – but it seems that neither are ready to give up on him yet.
31 year old Miranda has been recently watched by Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese manager has made the Brazilian a priority signing of his if and when he takes over the charge at Old Trafford replacing Louis van Gaal.
No matter whoever will become the next United manager, it is reported that United hierarchy are desperate to spend big once again this summer in order to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season. the Red Devils are at the moment sixth in the Premier League and a point off fourth place, while Chelsea have spent this season hobbling in mid-table.
Miranda has enjoyed a very decent campaign individually with Inter since joining, though Roberto Mancini’s boys have been disappointing in their Serie A performance since the turn of the year. Despite sitting on the league summit for a spell, their dip has seen them slipped out of the Champions League qualification places and into fifth position in the table.
Miranda has made 26 league appearances and scored one goal, while he has also featured twice in the Coppa Italia.