Ex-Atletico defender on Real wishlist

Ex-Atletico defender on Real wishlist


Former Atletico de Madrid defender, Joao Miranda, is attracting the interest of Real Madrid, according to reports in the Italian press.

The Brazil international, 31, joined Inter Milan last summer but could be on the move again after just one season in Seria A, sports website Tuttosport claims.

His agent, Jorge Mendes, is believed to be looking for a top European club to take him this summer with Miranda hopeful that he can win the Champions League before he reaches the end of his career.

Los Blancos will have some reshuffling to do at the back this summer with Pepe and Alvaro Arbeloa both expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. Miranda would provide a perfect foil for Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane at centre back and knows La Liga inside out having spent four years at the Vicente Calderon.

The report says that a fee of around 20 million euros should secure Miranda’s signing although Los Blancos would face competition for his signature. Manchester United are on the lookout for a new defender and with Jose Mourinho expected to take over at Old Trafford in the summer, Miranda has been linked with the Red Devils as he shares the same agent as the former Real boss. German giants Bayern Munich are also thought to be keen.