Manchester United are looking to toughen up their defensive options this summer, and Mourinho is looking towards Joao Miranda. However, he can only sign the Brazilian if the club parts ways with Daley Blind or Marcos Rojo.
Jose Mourinho has already signed a defender this summer, in the form of Eric Bailly. But, the Portuguese man is supposedly looking for an older, more experienced, defensive player.
Currently, Chris Smalling is Manchester United’s oldest defender, at 26. And as Rojo and Blind are not so used to the Premier League, the Special one may be willing to cash in on one of them next month.
Joao Miranda is an Atletico Madrid player, but is currently on loan at Inter Milan. The 31-year-old greatly impressed during his first season in Italy, even catching the eyes on United scouts.
Mourinho is not the first Manchester United manager to show interest in the Brazilian defender. Reports suggest that former United manager, Louis Van Gaal, was also looking to bring the player to Old Trafford.
Miranda has played 456 matches during the course of his career, making him the perfect man to lead Manchester United’s back four.
Inter Milan have the option to purchase Miranda at the end of his loan spell, for a small £8.6 million fee. But, the Red Devils will be sure to flex their financial powers, if Mourinho gives the go ahead.
The Daily Mail report that United will focus on securing the Brazilian’s signature after they complete Paul Pogba’s move.
The Red Devils are currently finalizing a deal with Juventus over a move for Pogba, and have agreed to pay a record-breaking £112 million to secure the 23-year-old’s signature. Out of the total fee, £92 million will go Juventus, while £20 million will be paid to Mino Raiola (Pogba’s agent).