Manchester City open talks for Koke

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Manchester City have held secret talks with representatives from Atletico Madrid over a potential deal for Manchester United and Chelsea target Koke.

The young Spanish international has been earning admirers from across Europe thanks to some stellar performances from Diego Simeone's side - and it seems he could well be on the move very soon.


The Daily Star claim that Manchester City chief Txiki Begiristain has met with counterpart Jose Luis Caminero to discuss the youngster, who is viewed as a potential long-term replacement for Yaya Toure.

Talks were held in Italian city's Golden Palace hotel in Turin, with Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo also present.


That is bad news for both Manchester United and Chelsea, who have been linked with the talented youngster in the past. The Red Devils appear to have a greater need for a classy midfield operator like Koke right now having missed out on a host of targets over the summer.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is keen on Kevin Strootman of Roma but the Italian club don't want to sell - and Koke could be a legitimate alternative. Chelsea meanwhile have a good relationship with Atletico having spent a fortune to take both Filipe Luis and Diego Costa from the Vicente Calderon to Stamford Bridge over the summer.


The 22-year-old has a £47m release clause written into his contract, although it's unlikely that any of Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea will fork out that sort of cash, and will instead look to cut a deal with the Spanish champions.

The Daily Star also add that Begiristain also enquired about youngster Oliver Torres, who is currently on loan at Porto and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

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