Chelsea launch £20m bid for Miranda

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Chelsea have launched an audacious £20 million bid for Atletico Madrid star Miranda, according to Marca.

Jose Mourinho had claimed that his transfer business was done for the summer, insisting he was happy with the additions of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Felipe Luis. However, that may have been a ploy to distract Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Manchester United interest

Louis van Gaal admitted on Tuesday night that he was looking to bring an experienced defender to Old Trafford. Amongst other targets such as Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels, the Atletico Madrid defender is firmly on the shortlist.

However, Van Gaal is clearly distracted by Manchester United's vigorous pre-season schedule. The squad are currently travelling the USA to take on various continental clubs as transfer talks take a backseat.

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Van Gaal may be focusing on other targets of course. Arsenal captain Vermaelen appears to be the priority for the Dutchman while Hummels seems to be out of reach. Vermaelen has just one-year left on his contract at the Emirates and Arsene Wenger is keen to sell.

It is also worth mentioning that reports surfaced earlier this summer claiming Manchester United had agreed a deal with Atletico for Miranda. Although widespread, they proved to be false. Now Chelsea are taking advantage.

Chelsea's bridges

The 29-year-old has a £24 million release clause on his contract, but Mourinho is hoping to take advantage of his links to Atletico already built. Chelsea have already signed £50 million worth of talent from the Vicente Calderon this summer and officials from respected clubs will certainly be used to the sight of each other now.

Miranda would complete a triple swoop for Chelsea and would almost certainly set them in good stead to challenge on four fronts this season.

Squad options

Chelsea have plenty of options at the back having brought Kurt Zouma in and keeping John Terry for the final year of his contract. Gary Cahill will continue as first choice while youngster Andreas Christensen is expected to be promoted to the first team squad.

If Miranda joins, however, it would certainly mean another season away from the first team for Zouma and/or Christiansen. Zouma would be welcome at a number of top clubs. Mourinho would certainly be keen to get him used to the rigours of the Premier League meaning a loan spell to a domestic rival would prove profitable for all parties.

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