Reports from Spain suggest that both Chelsea and Manchester City are amenable to meeting the release clause for one of Spain’s most sought-after players.
Atletico Madrid’s Koke was at the very least equally as important to Atletico Madrid’s Primera Liga winning 2013/14 campaign as 27-goal striker Diego Costa.
Now it’s understood that both the reigning Premier League champions and the side regarded as this season’ titlists elect are set to go head-to-head for his signature.
Such is the 22-year-old’s talent that his acquisition could very well have an enormous impact on which of the pair takes the laurels in 2015/16.
Last season only Angel Di Maria bettered his 13 assists in 36 appearances in various stations across the Atleti midfield as they won La Liga and very nearly doubled up in the Champions League.
Already over halfway to matching that total this term, he’s also created four goals and bagged two for himself in four European starts.
Creatives of this calibre don’t come cheap and Los Colcheros saw off concerted attempts to sign him by both Barcelona and Real Madrid last season.
However it’s understood that both Chelsea and Man City are willing to stump up the readies – understood to be between £48m and £55m – to take the issue out of his owners’ hands.
Yet there is some debate as to whether such an outlay would be necessary, with Talksport suggesting: “Atletico are facing testing financial times and manager Diego Simeone is likely to be asked to raise funds by selling one of his big stars during the upcoming transfer window.”
Chelsea already have Cesc Fabregas to play alongside Nemanja Matic in their midfield two, however the chance for a reunion with former Vicente Calderon colleagues Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois could prove a formidable lure.
The Blues are as short as 4/25 to inherit City’s crown this term, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men 11/2 second-favourites for the prize.