Chelsea Transfer News: Miranda Blow Dealt by Atletico Madrid President

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2014

SORIA, SPAIN - JULY 21: Joao Miranda of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the Jesus Gil y Gil Trophy between Club Atletico de Madrid and Numancia C. D. at Sporting Club Uxama on July 21, 2013 in Burgo de Osma, Soria, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has refuted claims the Spanish champions are ready to offload Miranda to Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho has already signed Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from the Vicente Calderon this season, with Thibaut Courtois returning to Stamford Bridge after completing his loan spell with Diego Simeone's side.

Even so, Cerezo doesn't expect Miranda to also forge a path toward the Premier League. "I know nothing about that at all, and if I haven't heard about it it's because he's going to stay, I'm almost certain of that," said Cerezo, reported by Radio Marca and via Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail.

Miranda's partnership with Diego Godin in the heart of Atletico's defence played a major role throughout the club's 2013-14 success. The Brazilian, oddly overlooked for the World Cup, is a natural leader who intelligently reads the game ahead of him.

He is powerful, dominant in the air and is committed to using his body in order to stop dangerous situations by any means possible. These attributes are extremely similar to those of John Terry, although Miranda poses a better turn of pace.

Mourinho has plenty of centre-back options to utilise next season. Alongside Terry and Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Tomas Kalas and Kurt Zouma can all dominate in front of the goalkeeper. Next season, Ivanovic may be rotated into the middle considering Luis is likely to start at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta favourite to claim the right-sided role Ivanovic fulfilled last year.

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea and Miranda of Club Atletico de Madrid battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 2
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It is difficult to see where the 29-year-old Miranda would fit in. Chelsea have the strength in depth needed to challenge across four competitions, but the Atletico defender wouldn't head to London expecting to spend time on the bench.

Mourinho favours Terry's leadership over those who are more agile, meaning Cahill would likely give way if Miranda was to be drafted into the team.

The former Bolton behemoth does offer speed and is mobile for his size. He also possesses an excellent understanding alongside Terry, whose ageing legs are covered by his partner's fresher pace. This balance will be offset unless Miranda takes the place of Terry, who so happens to be Chelsea's captain and an ever-present through Mourinho's two tenures in charge.

Rumours had suggested Andre Schurrle could be used in a swap deal for Miranda, reported by Marca's Roberto Gomez. This potential move appears heavily stacked in Atletico's favour and certainly wouldn't make sense from Chelsea's point of view, considering the aforementioned selection of players already vying for an opportunity to impress in defence.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  James McCarthy of Everton and Andre Schurrle of Chelsea battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott H
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Considering the efficient transfer window Chelsea appear to be having, such a swap would be out of character for Mourinho, hinted by football writer Tom McDermott:

A move appears even less likely when considering Cerezo has ruled out a bid for Fernando Torres. The former Atletico striker could have been used as leverage, but Cerezo confirmed he is not on the club's "agenda," per Todd.

Chelsea must already eliminate one non-homegrown player from their squad in order to comply with Premier League rules, per Matt Law of The Telegraph. It is extremely unlikely Mourinho will add to this dilemma by bringing in another foreign player.

Miranda is key to Atletico's title defence next season. It is pivotal Simeone maintains the core of the side who also gained many plaudits for their run to the Champions League final last year. He will wish to improve on such success—a feat which looks unlikely in reality—but cannot afford to lose one half of Europe's best central defensive pair.

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