Manchester City desperate to beat Man United to Miranda

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Manchester City are keen to pip Manchester United to the signing of Atletico Madrid star Miranda, as they want to land a new central defender in January.

Hunt for Miranda

According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing Spanish daily El Confidencial, Manuel Pellegrini is looking to replace Martin Demichelis in the heart of his back-line, with the Citizens still looking to find a redoubtable partner for captain Vincent Kompany.

During the summer they purchased the highly-rated Eliaquim Mangala, but the France international has failed to impress in England’s top flight and Pellegrini will know he needs better if he is to keep up pace with Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League. In Miranda they would have a La Liga winner with plenty of experience, and his age could help him settle where Mangala has failed.

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United rivalry

Of course they would face stern competition from rivals United, with Louis van Gaal known to be in the market for a top quality centre-back.

The likes of Nemanja Vidic and Mats Hummels have been consistently linked with moves to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, and with injuries having laid the Red Devils squad to waste over the past few months Van Gaal is in need of reinforcements.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone will hardly be ready to let him leave, but he might not have a choice if Miranda’s €30 million release clause is met.

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