Chelsea are moving to beat Manchester United for Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda. The Daily Star says Chelsea could make a stunning £24m move for Miranda. The Blues have already raided Atletico for £32m star striker Diego Costa.

United are interested in the Brazilian centre-half, who has a £24m release clause in his contract.

Louis Van Gaal is desperate to strengthen his defence following the exit of experienced duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

But the 29-year-old would reportedly prefer to join Chelsea - not fallen giants United.

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