AC Milan offer contract to Manchester United target Koke

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AC Milan have stolen a march on their rivals in the race to sign Koke from Atletico Madrid after representatives from the club offered the player a huge contract, reports El Mundo Deportivo.

Silvio Berlusconi reportedly asked representatives to contact Koke's agent to offer him a deal worth €4m a season - much more than he is currently earning at the Vincent Calderon stadium.

The Serie A giants want to continue recruiting the best young talent around Europe with Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and M'Baye Niang currently starring at the San Siro.

Koke, who has been labelled as a potential successor to Xavi in the Spanish squad, won't be available for less that €35m, however after his fine form has seen is valuation skyrocket.

The 21-year-old has come on leaps and bounds for Atletico Madrid this season with his creativity in midfield helping the team stay in contention for the La Liga title.

Atletico sit just three points behind Barcelona and three points ahead of City rivals Real Madrid and Koke's two goals and eight assists have directly contributed to that success.

Inevitably his fine form has attracted interest from all across Europe with Manchester United, Barcelona and Liverpool believed to be keen on signing Koke in January.

David Moyes has attempted to bring in several La Liga stars since taking the reigns at Old Trafford in the summer but failed to tempt Cesc Fabregas of Anders Herrera to the Premier League champions.

With the likes of Barcelona and AC Milan also interested, Moyes faces another tough task to convince Koke to move to Old Trafford.

Barcelona are obviously keen to find a replacement for Xavi, who at 33, is entering the twilight of his glory-ridden career at the Nou Camp.

Manchester United's arch-rivals Liverpool have also been credited with an interest with Brendan Rodgers keen to add support to star players Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

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