Manchester United have 'almost closed' deal to sign La Liga star

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.

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