Chelsea Transfer News: Miranda Bid Reported, Fernando Torres Rumours Grow

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2014

Real's Karim Benzema, right, and Atletico's Miranda during the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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Chelsea are reportedly looking to add further reinforcements to an already strong defensive unit with the signing of Atletico Madrid's Brazilian centre-back Miranda.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Wednesday that a large bid has been made by the Blues for the 29-year-old, via 101 Great Goals:

Miranda played 32 league games for Atletico last season as they won La Liga and conceded just 26 goals all season, the fewest in the division.

He was also an ever-present as Atleti made it to the Champions League final, per UEFA's Paul Saffer, and he has thus proven his quality at the very highest level.

Miranda would be the third Atletico recruit by Jose Mourinho during the summer transfer window—after the arrivals of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis—but the Portuguese manager recently seemed to confirm he had completed his business, per James Dickenson in the Express:   

I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time. The transfer market closes 31 August and we close our market on July 19.

While Miranda would be a fine addition to the Blues squad, he is soon to be 30 years old and would be competing with the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic for a first-team spot.

Terry and Cahill will almost certainly remain Chelsea's starting central defensive partnership, raising a question mark as to whether Miranda will be happy to move to Stamford Bridge as a potential back-up option.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Fernando Torres of Spain looks on from the bench during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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A player who is potentially set to move the other way is Fernando Torres, who could return to the club where he made his name after a torrid spell at Stamford Bridge.

AS reports, via 101 Great Goals, that the Blues are happy to let Torres go, with Atletico keen to take the striker in a cut-price deal: 

AS now believe the deal could transpire as Chelsea are supposedly willing to sell the World Cup and European Championship winner for a cut-price fee.

AS further note that the Torres deal hinges on whether the player is willing to agree a significant cut in his personal pay-packet.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is seemingly no longer the player he was in La Liga and at Liverpool, having scored just five Premier League goals last season, per Spanish football journalist Sergi Dominguez:

However, a return to the club where he is idolised and adored could galvanise him to re-find some of the goalscoring form he used to exhibit so regularly.

Equally, with the arrival of Costa and return of Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge, Torres' playing time is set to decrease further and he would do well to push through a move even if it meant taking a pay cut.