Report: Chelsea still pushing for Atlético de Madrid defender Miranda
Chelsea are still pushing to sign Atlético de Madrid defender Miranda, according to reports.
Marca, as noted by Football Espana, claims that manager José Mourinho is keen to make the 29 year-old his third purchase from Atlético this summer, following Diego Costa and Filipe Luís.
Miranda was said to be a target for Barcelona and Manchester United earlier in the window, but both baulked at it his release clause, which is believed to be €30 million.
Such a fee may, however, not be beyond Chelsea, with Mourinho, who shares an agent with Miranda, still short of a central defender, following the sale of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Portuguese tactician has previously insisted that he will not sign any more players this summer, though with just Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanović as his senior options and Nathan Aké and Kurt Zouma in reserve, he may be tempted back into the market.
To sign a defender of Miranda’s quality would be a real coup for Chelsea. The Brazil international - capped seven times - has been a stalwart for Atlético since they signed him on a free transfer in July 2011 from São Paulo, where he won three consecutive Brasileirão [2006, 2007, 2008].
With Atlético, he’s won four major honours and scored four goals in 54 appearances last season as they lifted the La Liga title and reached the UEFA Champions League Final.