Atletico Madrid centre-half Miranda has emerged as one of Manchester United’s ‘top winter targets’ if Spanish website Fichajes is to be believed.
The Brazil international is 6/4 to move to Old Trafford in the September, however he has spoken of his happiness in the Spanish capital, saying:
“I think that it’s normal (for) footballers to leave the club when they have found success.
“Staying at Atleti was the best for me and my family. I’m very happy to be at Atleti. I love Madrid and this is a great club.”
With this in mind bwinbetting have scoured the La Liga hotbed for alternative central defensive reinforcements for Louis van Gaal.
Here are three of the most exciting…
Gerard Pique – Barcelona
Let’s start with the most obvious first, the former United player has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou having shown signs of taking his eye off the ball.
These vary from getting in trouble with the police and deploying stink bombs on club property to checking his phone on the substitutes bench mid-match.
A return to Old Trafford, where he still has much to prove could be just what the doctor ordered for both parties.
Emiliano Velasquez – Getafe (On loan from Atletico Madrid)
Why bother signing the 28-year-old Miranda, when the Red Devils could nab the next generation?
The 20-year-old earned his first cap for Uruguay recently and he has been playing like a man possessed in his debut year in Spain.
Getting through a monster average of 4.8 tackles, 3.3 interceptions, 4.5 clearances and 2.7 aerial duels an outing, the youngster is definitely one to watch.
Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia
The Argentine was linked with some typically overpriced Portugal to Premier League moves over the summer before swapping Porto for the Mestalla.
Only Barcelona have a better defensive record this season than a Los Che rearguard which had La Liga’s 11th best goals-against total last term.
What better vindication of the Argentine’s abilities?