Atletico Madrid are keen to sign Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle and are considering using centre-back Miranda, a player high on Jose Mourinho’s radar, to land the German World Cup winner.
This is according to Spanish newspaper Marca - and brought to our attention by the Daily Star - who claim that Atletico boss Diego Simeone is desperate to bolster his attacking options after losing Diego Costa, David Villa, Diego Ribas and Adrian this summer.
Atletico keen to strengthen
The La Liga champions have acquired the services of Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann, but remain determined to strengthen in order to avoid losing ground on Barcelona and Real Madrid, who have both spent huge sums of cash this summer.
Atletico could offer Schurrle, who arrived at Stamford Bridge for £18 million last summer, regular first-team football at the Vicente Calderon.
The 23-year-old made 30 Premier League appearances last season, scoring eight goals, but started in just half of those matches.
Schurrle impressive at World Cup
Schurrle, despite his bit-part status at Stamford Bridge, showcased his credentials at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil. He scored three goals in total at the showpiece international tournament, including two in the historic 7-1 victory over the tournament hosts at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte.
And is performances certainly didn’t go unnoticed by Atletico, who are seriously considering the idea of using Miranda as a makeweight in a deal for the former Bayer Leverkusen star.
Watch: Schurrle in action for Chelsea
Miranda instrumental for Atletico
The Brazil international, who was not part of the Seleção this summer, played an instrumental role in helping Atletico win their first league title since 1996 last summer thanks to his imperious performances alongside centre-back partner Diego Godin.
Manchester United are also keen to sign the 29-year-old, whose contract contains a £24 million release clause, but the South American might be keener to join up with his former teammates Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and Costa in west London next season.
However, he would face less competition for a starting berth at Old Trafford, where United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to add at least one more top-quality centre-back in order to utilise his 3-4-1-2 formation.
If he was to join Chelsea, on the other hand, he would need to fend off intense competition for one of two positions in central defence from the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma. Branislav Ivanovic may also be competing for a centre-back spot, with Cesar Azpilicueta set to be shifted to right-back this season.
Chelsea fans: should Mourinho swap Schurrle for Miranda? Would it be a worthwhile deal? Have your say in the comments section below.
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