Chelsea Join Man Utd In Race For €27m Brazilian International
Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda after Jose Mourinho sent his scouts to watch the Brazilian
As the opening of the summer transfer window approaches, managers are working hard identifying targets and lining-up potential deals so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Chelsea join Man Utd in the race for Miranda….
Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda after watching the Brazilian in action over the weekend, according to reports.
Miranda has been a mainstay in the Atletico defence in recent years and has forged a rock-solid partnership alongside Diego Godin – which was the foundation of their La Liga triumph last season.
However, the 30-year-old is set to enter the final year of his deal at the end of this campaign and with Jose Gimenez now emerging as a real threat to his first team place, there has been talk that Diego Simeone is ready to cash-in this summer.
The uncertainty over his future has led to speculation that Manchester United are keen on offering Miranda a fresh start in the Premier League with reports earlier this month suggesting that Louis van Gaal is lining-up a €27m bid.
The rumours prompted Miranda to tell reporters last week that he was ‘proud’ to be linked with a move to Old Trafford but now it seems as though the defender may have another option if he fancies trying his luck here in England.
The Mirror are reporting that Chelsea have now entered the race for Miranda’s signature and sent technical director Michael Emenalo to watch him during a 2-2 draw with Malaga at the weekend.
The Blues have an excellent relationship with Atletico having loaned them Thibaut Courtois for three seasons while they also successfully negotiated deals for Diego Costa and Filipe Luis last summer, so no doubt that will work in their favour in any negotiations for Miranda.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Chelsea or United end up making a formal move for the Brazilian but if either club can agree a deal, they would be signing a hugely talented and experienced central defender.
However, I personally think €27m (£20m) would be a huge outlay for a defender who’s already the wrong side of 30 and who will have only one year remaining on his contract this summer, so I’d be surprised if van Gaal or Mourinho agree to pay that kind of money for him.