Report: Chelsea set to move for Atlético de Madrid defender Miranda after completing deal for Filipe LuísAtlético de Madrid's Miranda [R] and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo jump for the ball during the Champions League Final at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon on May 24, 2014
Chelsea are readying a bid for Atlético de Madrid defender Miranda, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims that club representatives enquired about the Paranavaí native’s availability during negotiations for Filipe Luís, who completed his move to Chelsea for a reported fee of £15.8 million on Friday.
The report suggests that after alleged interest from Barcelona and Manchester United in June, Miranda informed Atlético officials that he would like to leave.
Despite moves to those respective clubs failing to materialise, the 29 year-old is said to be keen on a move to Chelsea who, regardless of manager José Mourinho’s claim that his transfer dealings have been concluded, are believed to be willing to activate a €24 million release clause in his contract.
Miranda came to prominence during a five year spell at São Paulo, who he joined after spells with Coritiba and Sochaux, He was part of a side that won three consecutive Brasileirão’s [2006, 2007, 2008] and was named in the Série A Team of the Year four times.
His excellent form earned him a move on a free transfer to Atlético in July 2011. Since returning to Europe, he has become one of the continents most respected defenders and won four major honours, including the 2013-14 La Liga title.
Should Miranda make the move to Chelsea, then he will be the third Atlético player to do so this summer, after Filipe and Diego Costa. Midfielder Tiago may also return to the club where he spent the 2004-05 season.