Manchester United face a stern fight if they are hoping to land Atletico Madrid star Koke this summer, as it has been revealed that Barcelona are willing to pay €60million to trigger his release clause.
Spanish newspaper Marca has revealed that the Catalan giants view Koke as one of the ideal players to kick-start their revival under Luis Enrique, and break the record of money paid for a Spanish footballer in order to push the deal through. The 22-year-old added even more plaudits to his already impressive resume with his fantastic campaign this season, and Diego Simeone knows that he will have to work wonders in order to stave off the advances of some of Europe’s biggest clubs sides.
Amongst the teams interested are predominantly English giants United, who are also looking to undergo a rebuilding process with new boss Louis van Gaal. Reports yesterday claimed that the Red Devils are willing to splash out in order to meet the release clause in Koke’s contract, with Van Gaal keen to make him an integral figure in his new look side at Old Trafford.
If Marca is to be believed however Barcelona will rival them all the way for his signature, as they look to prepare for the eventual exit of Xavi. If both clubs pay the required sum it will of course come down to the player, but the idea of remaining in Spain could push Koke into rejecting a move to United.