What you need to know about Miranda

The Brazilian defender becomes Atleti's latest summer signing

João Miranda (footballfancast.com)

João Miranda (footballfancast.com)

As we reported earlier, Brazilian centre-back Miranda has flown in to Madrid and is set to join Atletico today following a medical.

Here’s what you need to know about the man that will become our latest summer signing.

Miranda joins from Brazilian club Sao Paulo where he made over 120 appearances over the past five years. Prior to this, he had stints with French side Sochaux and another Brazilian side Coritiba, the club he started his professional career with.

At the club level, Miranda is used to league success. He was part of Sao Paulo’s 2006, 2007 and 2008 title-winning sides and was selected in the Brazilian Serie A team of the year in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The 26-year-old made his debut for the Brazilian national side in 2009 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Peru. Miranda has gone on to make five more appearances in the yellow shirt.

Atletico beat off interest from English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers to sign the defender, who over the past has been rumoured to be a target of several big clubs.

Tottenham made an €8 million bid for his services back in 2009 in the lead up to the 2010 January transfer window, which was rejected by Sao Paulo as the buyout clause in his contract was around €15 million.

A year later, Tottenham again rekindled their interest when Miranda acknowledged that he would like to make a move to Europe. Manchester United, Italians Fiorentina and Germans Wolfsburg were also rumoured to have made enquiries. None of these clubs met Sao Paulo’s evaluation of the defender, so Miranda remained in Brazil until his contract expired, at which point Atleti came calling.

Miranda will be a welcome addition to Atletico’s defence and is a great signing considering we got him on a free transfer.

  • 7th

    why did we sign him? unless he to be replacement of L.pera.

  • starvs

    Why not sign someone of his apparent quality for free… well aside from the passport issue :/

    We are obviosly overbooked at CB now, Godin, Miranda, Dominguez, Perea are all starting caliber, plus Pulido of course…

  • …and also he’s the only known defense has made 3 hats in a row!!! http://t.co/KsXIjcG

    Sorry for the sacrilege, but reminds Luiz Pereira…