Management of Atletico Madrid is ready to accept a £20m bid from Manchester United for defender Miranda in January, reports in Spain and England claim.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is desperate to bolster his ailing defence in the winter transfer window and apart from Miranda, the Red Devils are also being linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte.

Miranda, 30, is and undisputed starter for Atletico Madrid since past few seasons and he has formed an excellent partnership with Diego Godin in the heart of their defence. But the emergence of Jose Gimenez is likely to reduce the playing time of Miranda in future and Atletico Madrid is ready to cash in on the player.

Meanwhile, reports coming from Spain and England have also confirmed the progress made by Manchester United in their pursuit of Miranda. Spanish website Fichajes.net has claimed in its report that: “Manchester United’s impending winter bid for Miranda is likely to tempt the Atletico board into selling.The Brazilian centre-back reportedly has a £24m release clause in his contract with the La Liga champions but the report suggests the Red Devils will offer £20m.”

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has struggled to find the right balance in his defence this season after the departure of Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan as youngsters like Phil Jones and Daley Blind have failed to make their mark while the cause is not helped with the constant injuries to his key players as well.

Manchester United beat Arsenal yesterday but they still are far off from the Champions League spot and the club has planned a huge outlay on new signings in the January transfer window.

Miranda is a consistent performer for Atletico Madrid since past few years and Louis van Gaal believes that he could prove a perfect addition to his backline.

Manchester United believe that an offer in the region of 19-21 million pounds would be enough to lure him away from Atletico Madrid. The buy-out clause of Miranda is 24 million pounds.

However, it looks unlikely that the Atletico Madrid management will let Miranda go in the mid of a season as they are almost guaranteed of qualifying for the next stage of Champions League while their challenge for La Liga title is still very much alive.