Koke, the Spanish midfield magician and master of passing has been linked with a move to either Manchester City or Chelsea, and his future will be the subject of intense speculation over the coming months.
Spanish reports suggest that the 22-year-old has sparked interest from Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini and the January transfer window could consequently witness a traditional title rival head-to-head battle over the Spaniard.
At 22, Koke has only just broken through into the Spanish national side and has made 15 appearances for the first team. With the reputation of Andres Iniesta and Xavi to live up to, there is optimism that Koke's passing ability will allow him to reach similar heights.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have both seen offers rejected from Atletico for Koke so Chelsea and City may have to get their knees dirty in bringing him to their club in the winter window.
Weighing up £48 million to meet his release clause is just the first hurdle in signing the midfielder as he shows great desire to stay with the Liga champions.
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Jose Mourinho is well known for doing business with Diego Simeone at Atletico after prising Felipe Luis and Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge in summer, so a move to the Blues may seem more likely.
Manchester City on the other hand are searching for midfield options to replace the inconsistent Yaya Toure and the injured David Silva.
As mentioned earlier, it will certainly be hard work to lure Koke away from the Vicente Calderon as he has been with Atletico since the age of eight. Since his surge into the first team, he has made 126 appearances and scored 14 goals.
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