Quique Sánchez Flores has all but confirmed our first signing of next season.
During today’s press conference the coach admitted we are working out the final details of a transfer for Miranda.
The Brazilian defender will join us in the summer when his contract with Sao Paulo runs out.
“We have been following him for some time now and I think he’s a great addition for Atlético”, said Sánchez Flores.
“We already have Domínguez, Perea and Godín but I’m not worried about overbooking, because Juanito is leaving. We’ll have a great set of centre backs which is what this club has needed for a long time.”
The coach also talked about young defenders on the B team and was presumably referring to Jorge Pulido’s future when he said “there are young players that still need to be formed. We could do that here, or they could go on loan.”
Miranda is a member of the Seleção and will increase our Brazilian contingent to five. That also brings along some problems however, as we again face an issue with the number of non-EU players we can register.
We only have room for three, but with Godín, Diego Costa, Elias, Miranda and Salvio there will be five players without a European passport on our roster.
At least one spot will be opened up as our Uruguayan defender Godín is expected to receive his Spanish passport in the coming months.
UPDATE: Miranda confirms agreement with Atlético
According to Lancepress, Miranda has confirmed his transfer to Atlético this summer.
The Brazilian announced that his contract is for 3 years, and that “it is an excellent opportunity” for him.
He played a season for Sochaux before joining Sao Paulo, but seems excited about the prospect of playing in Spain’s top division.
“I’ve always dreamed of returning to Europe, but to an even bigger team, like Atlético.”
Miranda also took the time to thank Sao Paulo, although the club denied earlier this week that their star defender was leaving.
“I owe a lot to the club. The fans can be sure that I’ll continue to give my all in these remaining six months.”