Chelsea are considering a player-plus-cash deal to land Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Blues are willing to offer German midfielder Andre Schurrle in a player-plus-cash deal to bring the Spanish capital club's Brazilian defender to Stamford Bridge.
The German international has just completed a successful World Cup campaign, where he played a key role in helping his country win the title for the first time in 24 years. He also provided the assist for the winning goal in the finals against Argentina.
However, he played a bit-part role for Chelsea during the previous campaign, as he was consistently over-looked by Jose Mourinho for a starting role. He still managed to make an impact by bagging an impressive eight goals and two assists from midfield in the league.
The 23-year-old midfielder, showed his versatility during the World Cup with Germany, where he showed that he is capable of playing in any of the forward positions, an attribute that will tempt Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who has been on the market for offensive players.
The La Liga champions have lost last season's top scorer Diego Costa to Chelsea and have seen David Villa and Adrian leave for pastures new as well. They have brought in Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Greizmann as replacements, but are still on the market for another attacker.
Chelsea are keen on signing a defender to cover for David Luiz's departure to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer and have reportedly made a bid of £20m to sign the defender. But the Spanish capital club are adamant that the defender will be allowed to leave only when his release-clause which is set at £24m is met.
However, the Stamford Bridge outfit's offer of Schurrle plus cash might be too good to turn down for Atletico.
Meanwhile, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has denied any knowledge regarding other clubs' interest in Miranda, and is 'almost certain' that the defender will remain with the club for the upcoming season.
"I haven't got a clue about any of that, and if I haven't heard anything it's because he's staying. I'm almost certain", Cerezo said, as quoted in Marca.