Joao Miranda closing in on Manchester United move

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Atletico Madrid are ready to let Brazilian defender Joao Miranda join Manchester United after the player agreed personal terms with the Red Devils. 

This has been reported by the Express, who have suggested that the Premier League giants can secure the signing of the player if they make an offer in the region of £20 million for his services in the January transfer window. 

With youngster Jose Gimenez impressing in La Liga for Atletico, it appears that the club are finally ready to offload Miranda, with the player's contract set to expire at the end of next season. 

Failed move 

In fact, the same report has even claimed that Miranda previously had his heart set on a switch to the Theatre of Dreams last summer. And now, with the January transfer window approaching, it appears that the player's mindset hasn't changed as he's ready to make the move to England's elite division. 

With it being suggested that he's already agreed terms in principle with Louis van Gaal's side, it only seems to be a matter of time before Manchester United get their man. 

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United and Atletico, of course, must now come to an agreement on the highly rated 30-year-old, but the Old Trafford faithful will no doubt be excited by the prospect of the club landing the Brazil star. 

Improving defence 

There's no doubt about it, Manchester United are in need of improvement in the defensive department after a tricky opening to the season. United's main defenders, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo have all failed to maintain their fitness throughout the course of the season so far. 

And, after the experienced duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left Old Trafford behind last summer, Miranda would offer the club valuable experience as they go in search of improvement in the New Year. 

For now, though, Louis van Gaal and Co. will be concentrating on the club's upcoming fixture as they travel to Villa Park to take on Paul Lambert's Aston Villa side. United will be desperate to secure the points on Saturday as they look to win for the seventh time in a row. 

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