Only days after the transfer of Elias was announced, Atlético are reportedly working on another deal.
Newspaper AS informs us Atlético are negotiating with Sao Paulo for the transfer of centre-back Miranda.
We obtained a first option on the strong defender when we sold Cléber Santana to the Tricolor Paulista last January.
Miranda has only six months left on his contract and has rejected a new offer by his club, as he is looking for a move to Europe.
Atlético’s directors don’t want to run the risk of the player signing for another club for free in the summer, and have opened talks with Sao Paulo to sign Miranda in the coming transfer window.
The Brazilians have reduced their requested transfer fee to €2m, but Atlético hope to sign their new reinforcement for even less.
Miranda’s arrival also depends on Diego Godín. The Brazilian can only be registered for la Liga action after the Uruguayan frees up a non-EU spot by securing his Spanish passport. The latest reports suggest that Godín will swear his oath to the Spanish constitution by no later than January.
Personally, we’re stunned that García Pítarch keeps signing centre-backs and centre midfielders, while we still lack depth on the wings and right-back positions.