Reports in British newspapers over the last week, as well as the odd article in Spain, have credited the mega-rich Manchester City with an interest in not one, but two of our key players. But would we be willing to let either one leave?
Silly season is approaching, and this won’t be the last time we see Miranda or Mandzukic linked with a move away this transfer window.
The first rumour came courtesy of the Daily Star, an English tabloid that doesn’t have the best reputation over in the UK.
On Christmas Eve, the paper reported that Manuel Pellegrini was eyeing up our Croatian striker Mandzukic as a re-enforcement for his depleted strike-force. However, the story didn’t have much substance, and it was laughed off by Atléticos.
Mandzukic, who has scored 14 goals in only 22 appearances, joined Atleti in the summer for €22 million, but according to the Star, City are convinced that a bid of €32 million will be enough to force Atleti to cash in.
Strangely though, the story got a little bit of credibility to it on Saturday, when Antonio Ruiz of Cadena COPE reported that Manchester City had tabled a €42 million bid for the striker, and Atlético are considering.
This coming from the same journalist that confirmed the Diego Costa and Filipe Luis moves out of Atleti.
The feeling from Atlético fans? It looks like the main response to this was ‘take the money’, despite Mandzukic looking like more of a perfect fit for Atlético as each game passed.
And now today, more rumours surface of an English team trying to break up our defensive duo.
Fresh off of the Godín to Manchester United rumours of last month, it now seems like the other Manchester club are trying to snag one of our jewels – this time Miranda.
According to the Mirror, it looks like City think a €25 million bid will be enough to convince Atleti to sell the Brazilian. A strange figure, but when you think of who we have waiting in the wings to replace the 30-year-old, is it a bad bit of business?
José Giménez looks like he is ready to play more games. He certainly has the passion and desire.
Search for Atleti transfer rumours and you’ll read all about the ‘crippling debt’ that will force us to sell our star players – but can you see either Mandzukic or Miranda leaving this winter?