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Atletico Madrid defender could be on his way to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid defender Miranda could be set for a summer move to Chelsea after the Blues sent the club’s technical director Michael Emenalo to watch the Brazilian centre-back in Atletico’s 2-2 draw with Malaga on Saturday, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Miranda still has one year remaining on his contract for the Madrid side but could be tempted with a move to London to join old teammates Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.

Chelsea were linked with Miranda last summer but nothing materialised and now they could get their man for a cut-price fee due to his contract expiring soon, with Atletico Madrid potentially willing to sell the defender rather than lose him for free in 2016.

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Miranda has made 19 appearances in La Liga this season, chipping in with three goals and an assist, but with the rise of Atletico’s young defender Jose Maria Gimenez to regular first-team action, the Brazilian’s game time could be in danger, making the move more likely.

There was speculation linking the 30-year-old with a move to Manchester United a few weeks ago and Miranda told Brazilian website Estadao that the rumours made him “happy” because it shows he’s “doing well.”

The rumours have flattered Miranda but he said, “my intention is to stay at Atletico because I still have a year and a half on my contract,” although the Spanish side would probably want to cash in on a transfer fee before the contract is up.

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