Manchester United joined by Roma in Koke transfer chase

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Manchester United look to face a battle for the signing of Koke, with speculation from the continent suggesting that Roma are interested in the Atletico Madrid starlet.

According to reports from Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport cited by AS, the Serie A outfit are even willing to pay €25 million to sign the talented young playmaker who has already earned seven senior international caps as part of a formidable Spain side.

Under the management of the hot-headed but undeniably gifted Diego Simeone, Atletico are enjoying a fabulously successful 2013/14 campaign.

Currently top of La Liga heading into Sunday's clash with Getafe, Los Rojiblancos have also progressed through to the semi-finals of the Champions League following an impressive 2-1 aggregate victory over domestic rivals Barcelona.

The performances of Koke - along with the likes of Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois and powerful striker Diego Costa - have been central to Atletico's recent good fortunes, with the 22-year-old having repeatedly demonstrated an admirable maturity in the heart of Simeone's midfield.

Such impressive displays have seen the player persistently linked with a potential move to the Premier League, with Manchester United - along with rivals Chelsea - having been mentioned with regards to a possible switch in more recent times.

In stark contrast to a surging Atletico, Manchester United have endured an extremely difficult campaign, with David Moyes - the successor to legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson - seemingly struggling to adapt to his new surroundings.

And with the team having particularly suffered in the midfield area during Moyes' first season at Old Trafford, Manchester United are widely expected to be on the hunt for several fresh recruits this summer.

However, it looks as if they may have to produce a significant figure to get the ball rolling on any potential deal for Koke, with Roma - who currently lie second in Serie A, eight points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Juventus - seemingly poised to pounce.

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