Atletico Madrid demand Premier League clubs meet release clauses

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Manchester United and Chelsea are facing a tough transfer decision after Atletico Madrid revealed none of their players will leave for below their current release clauses.

Spanish newspaper AS reports that Atletico are keen to hold onto their La Liga winning stars, who have attracted a lot of attention from both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.

It looks inevitable that Diego Costa will leave for Chelsea after Jose Mourinho met the release clause of the Brazilian-born Spain international, thought to be around €40 million.

But it seems that transfer deal has set the tone at the Vicente Calderon stadium as Atletico have informed clubs that no player will leave unless they are forced to accept a bid.

It is a significant blow for both Manchester United and Chelsea, who were interested in signing Miranda and Filipe Luis respectively.

Louis van Gaal is understandably keen to add experience to Manchester United's defence after arriving at Old Trafford to find Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic heading the other way.

At 29, Miranda holds vast experience but he has a release clause of €30 million, which represents a huge markup on his actual transfer value. Atletico see little value in allowing the player to leave and will keep him unless forced to sell.

Similarly, Chelsea have been told that only a bid of €25 million will allow them to sign Luis. Mourinho needs a quality left-back to replace the departing Ashley Cole and has seemingly already lost out on Luke Shaw, who looks set for Manchester United.

Luis, 28, has only four caps for Brazil meaning the fee of €25 million is hard to justify even if Roman Abramovich is continuing to fund a mega spree. Chelsea's only hope is that Luis, who has reportedly told Atletico that he would like to leave for west London, kicks up enough of a fuss to force the club to sell for less.

Atletico's determination to hold onto their squad has paid dividends so far as it looks like star player Koke could remain along with a host of other stars.

In a restricted market, Manchester United and Chelsea would be wasting time if they continue to try and lowball the La Liga champions. There are plenty of defenders and left-backs available on the market with more potential than Luis and Miranda.

Eliaquim Mangala would be an excellent alternative for Manchester United while AC Milan's rising star Mattia De Sciglio could fit into Mourinho's team flawlessly.

If officials at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge are smart, this latest revelation will end their pursuit of the Atletico players, allowing them to focus on finding better value for money elsewhere.  

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