Miranda is free to join Manchester United this summer

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Atletico Madrid are ready to listen to offers for Brazilian defender Miranda this summer, after deciding that rising young star José María Giménez is his natural successor.

Miranda is well aware of Atleti's stance and with his contract expiring next summer wants to cash in by making a lucrative move at the end of the season, which should be music to Manchester United's ears.

The 30-year-old has been tremendous for Atleti over the last two years and formed a bruising centre-back partnership with Diego Godin that helped Diego Simeone's side with La Liga against all the odds last season, but Marca believe his time at the Vicente Calderon is very nearly up.

Miranda nearly left last summer

United are just one of a number of top Premier League clubs who continue to monitor Miranda's progress very closely, in a transfer chase that dates back to last summer.

Miranda knew that is stock was never likely to be higher following Atleti's unprecedented success in La Liga and run to the Champions League final, but was eventually persuaded not to join Diego Costa and Filipe Luis in leaving the Spanish capital by his agent Jorge Mendes.

Atleti ready to cash in

Simeone was delighted to keep Miranda for this season, but with Atleti not considering the offer of a contract extension this summer represents the final chance to fetch a big fee for a player who could leave for free in 2016.

A serious factor in that stance is the form of youngster Gimenez, who has played with maturity beyond his 20 years after being given a first-team chance alongside Godin this season.

Gimenez has played 10 times in La Liga compared to Miranda's 13, which would suggest even allowing for the more senior man's injury problems that Atleti have found a successor to their experienced Selecao stopper.

United need to get this deal done

If Miranda's mix of power, presence and intelligent positioning are no longer required in Madrid then United have to take advantage and bring him to Old Trafford.

Even at 30 the clever centre-back could marshall a United back-line clearly lacking authority and leadership, both next season and beyond.

Atleti are likely to ask for a fee in the region of £20 million to part with a player that brings a proven track record in Europe to the table, but with so little time left on his contract there will likely be room for negotiation.

Red Devils chiefs have already paid a premium for players that don't have Miranda's qualities since Louis van Gaal took charge at Old Trafford, adding a true warrior of a defender to their squad should be considered a priority this summer.

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