Manchester United should not splash £50m on Spain star

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Manchester United's premature exit from the FA Cup may come as a blessing in disguise for the club, as it gives them an important and sustained opportunity to regroup after a difficult run of form prior to their trip to Crystal Palace next weekend.

It's been an incredibly tough season so far for David Moyes in his first season as boss.

Having won just 12 of 26 Premier League games to date during the 2013/14 campaign, the Red Devils currently sit well of the pace - a full 15 points behind Chelsea and nine points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool.

Such an uncharacteristic struggle - coupled with Manchester United's traditionally impressive off-field financial performance - will surely see them look to invest heavily in revitalising Moyes' squad during the summer transfer window.

Today, reports have speculated that the club are expected to make a return swoop for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke at the end of the season.

The same gossip suggests that Koke has a release of clause of £50 million at the Vicente Calderon, designed apparently to prevent the player from leaving the Spanish capital on the cheap.

Now, while Manchester United have obviously struggled in the midfield department this season, they should avoid paying such an exorbitant fee for such a player.

Manchester United reportedly see it as too high a figure, and the club should look to maintain that particular stance, even if things begin to get even more desperate in the future.

While Koke, a 22-year-old who has been an integral figure of Atletico's title push under Diego Simeone this season, is an impressive young talent who will surely move on if his current employers do not manage to achieve success, he is simply not worth anything close to that amount.

He is already far better than the likes of Tom Cleverley, of that there can surely be no doubt whatsoever.

But if Atletico really do stick at such an unrealistic figure, than they can sleep safe in the knowledge that they will have priced most - if not all - of Europe out of a potential move for their most promising asset.

Just because Manchester United look as if they will have money to spend, that doesn't mean they should simply throw it around with reckless abandon and panic in the absence of any rational thought.

Spending such ridiculous sums of money on players often sets a precedent for big clubs and Manchester United would be very wise indeed to avoid falling into that particular trap that has claimed both Chelsea and Manchester City in recent years.

Koke - who already have seven senior Spanish caps to his name - is a remarkably fine player with a long and successful future ahead of him that Manchester United should pursue at a price that makes good sense in the current climate.

But they should not, under circumstances, be forced into playing £50 million for him. That would be absolutely ludicrous.

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