Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda.AS says Miranda has been spotted in Manchester in recent weeks, checking out the area and looking for schools.

The transfer for the Brazilian is all but finalised, with United agreeing to meet the 29-year-old's £24 million buy-out clause.

Miranda has also been linked with Barcelona in today's Catalan press.

He made 32 appearances to help Diego Simeone's side land a first La Liga title since 1996, and featured 13 times on route to a historic Champions League final.

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