Joao Miranda
Miranda only has a year remaining on his current contract with Atletico MadridReuters

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a summer move for Atletico Madrid defender João Miranda, with Jose Mourinho keen to add an experienced centre-back to his squad this summer.

Although the Blues have been very impressive at the back this season, conceding only 26 goals in the Premier League so far, they are in need of a new centre-back as John Terry is reaching the end of his playing career and Blues have only two more other central defenders – Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma – in their current squad.

To fill the gap, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is looking for new defenders, and Atletico Madrid defender Miranda is reportedly on his radar.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Blues sent their technical director Michael Emenalo to keep an eye on the Brazilian during Atletico Madrid's 2-2 draw against Malaga in the La Liga.

Emenalo was reportedly impressed by the 30-year-old's performance on Sunday and he has reportedly given the Blues the green signal to make a move for him this summer.

Miranda, who joined Atletico Madrid on a free transfer from Brazilian side São Paulo in the summer of 2011, has been impressive for Diego Simeone's side, playing a big hand as his side lifted the La Liga title and reached the final of the Champions League last season.

However, Los Rojiblancos have not been doing that well this season, and this has resulted in Miranda – whose current contract with Atletico is set to expire next season – not agreeing to a new deal at the Vicente Calderón.

Due to this reason, Atletico are reportedly looking to cash in on Miranda this summer rather than see him leave on free transfer in the next.

The defender's availability at a cut price fee this summer has also attracted the attention of other Premier League sides including Manchester City and Manchester United, but Miranda is expected to move to Stamford Bridge and link up with his former teammates Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois.

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