Joao Miranda
Joao Miranda (left) was being linked with a move to Chelsea this summerReuters

Manchester United are reportedly looking to make a move for Chelsea target Joao Miranda in January.

The 30-year-old Brazilian, who played a big hand in Atletico Madrid's La Liga triumph and march to the final of the Champions League last season, was being heavily linked with a move the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea thought to be leading the race to sign him.

However, in the end, Miranda ended all speculations, insisting that he would be remaining at Atletico Madrid to help his side defend the La Liga title.

Now, with the winter transfer window approaching, United are reportedly looking to make a make an £18 million offer to Atletico Madrid for the Brazilian, according to the Daily Express.

The Red Devils, who have been struggling at the back following the departures of their veteran defenders Patrice Evra, Namanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand this summer, are reportedly keen to add an experienced centre-back in January to strengthen the heart of their defence.

And Miranda, who was nominated as the best defender in the La Liga last season, reportedly fits the bill.

Although Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has declined to comment on Miranda's possible departure in the winter transfer window, he may be tempted to sell the ageing Brazilian if he receives a sound offer.

Meanwhile, Angel Di Maria claims that he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from Manchester United fans since his arrival at the club this summer.

Di Maria, who arrived from Real Madrid for a British transfer record of £59.4 million this summer, has adapted well in England, already netting three goals in the Premier League this season.

And the 25-year-old Argentine claims that he has found it very easy to adapt to life in Manchester due to the support of the fans.

"The people here are amazing," he told Manchester United's official website. "I feel really comfortable, very happy and really pleased. The way that people treat you really makes you feel good in your heart."

The former Benfica winger says that he is particularly overwhelmed to see the Manchester United fans' love and affection towards the players.

"When we are coming out after training or after the games, I have had a chance to meet some of the fans and it makes me happy that they love us so much and have got so much affection for us," he added.

Finally Di Maria says that he is trying his level best to repay the fans' kindness by putting in some good performances on the pitch.

"I am trying to do my best to pay them back when I am on the field, so that the people are happy. They are really polite, they are always saying please and always saying thank you," he added. "That is really nice and I am really happy here."