Manchester United may finally have a deal sorted, even if it is for a defender. Miranda was an unlikely star in Atletico Madrid's La Liga triumph last season. The Brazilian defender was a rock for Diego Simeone to build upon and he enhanced his reputation continually. Miranda was unlucky not to be involved in Brazil's World Cup squad and, along with Filipe Luis, will feel he was somewhat ignored by his country's set-up.
The 29 year old defender has interested both Manchester United and Barcelona, with the Spanish press even claiming at one point that Miranda had been checking out schools in the Manchester area. It sounded at the time that a deal could be done quickly, but Atletico Madrid were insisting that clubs pay his €30m buyout clause.
Miranda has told Atletico he wants to leave and Spanish newspaper AS say on Wednesday that Barcelona interest could be futile because Manchester United have 'almost closed' a deal for the player. That would be welcome news to fans, he may be closer to 30 then they'd like, he may be overpriced, but he's a very good defender and Manchester United could do with that kind of help next season.
AS could be pushing things a bit with 'almost closed'. Atletico Madrid will still want their €30m and Manchester United may want to wait and see if they'll come down from that, they probably will.
Things move quickly with football transfers sometimes, and this time it looks like Liverpool interest in a player has moved from embryo stage to a potential deal in no time at all. After claims from the British press and in Spain that Liverpool were getting cold feet on Alberto Moreno and casting their eye toward Daley Blind, something rather more concrete has been reported in Holland.
Most Arsenal fans think the idea of Santi Cazorla fancying a move is ridiculous. He signed a new contract not so long ago and has spoken about his love for the fans, something we covered yesterday. However, if you wanted to take the opposite view then it wouldn't be too hard to find things to back that up.
Borussia Dortmund's general manage Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoke to German magazine Kicker his week and inevitably Marco Reus is one of the major topics. The young German international was injured just before the World Cup, meaning that he'll miss the tournament and perhaps the start of next season.
Turin newspaper Tuttosport continue on Monday with Juventus' search for a wide player. Antonio Conte clearly wants a much bigger threat from the wings next season and that was behind the much reported move for Alexis Sanchez.
Toni Kroos has now asked Bayern Munich to open the doors and let him leave the club, to join either Manchester United or Real Madrid who have both been offered the player, report El Confidencial. Bayern Munich's stance over wages and refusal to pay Kroos the same as Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and even Javi Martinez has led Kroos to ask for an exit, with Manchester United the favourites to sign the player.