BARCELONA (SportingAlert.com) — After a disastrous season that ended trophy-less and the departure of the manager, Barcelona are set to rebuild and wants to start from the back, with Atlético Madrid defender Miranda strongly linked with a move to the club.
Barcelona failed to sign a central defender during the two transfer windows last season and it came back, in parts, to haunt them.
Spanish paper Marca is reporting that new Catalans manager Luís Enrique is determined to rebuild his backline with Miranda and Gerard Pique, as he feels there is no reason for a club like Barcelona to keep experimenting with playing players out of their natural positions.
It is understood that Miranda, who was a key member of Atlético Madrid’s team this season, which won the Spanish La Liga and finished runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League, would welcome the move as well, as he already feels at home in Spain.
At the same time, there are also reports in Spain suggesting that Manchester United are also in the market for the 29-year-old Brazilian.
In fact, AS is reporting that Miranda was recently spotted in Manchester, apparently looking for places and schools.
Reports went as far as saying that Manchester United have even agreed to trigger Miranda’s £24 million buy-out clause, as Louis van Gaal tries to get the activity going in the transfer market.
Manchester United have been linked with several players, but with no European football next season, the chances of convincing the top players to go to Old Trafford will take some special recruiting.
The need for defenders is high on the agenda at Man United, with senior players Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both departing.
Will Miranda, who was not included in Brazil’s World Cup squad, buy into Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs project?
Only time will tell.
The Red Devils finished seventh in the English Premier League last season, under a difficult and disasters spell under David Moyes, who was fired in April after just 10 months.