Sunday, January 19th, 2014
After a sensational season with Atletico Madrid, midfielder Koke has been nearly as important to Diego Simeone’s side as the much trumpeted Diego Costa.
A 22-year-old midfielder of immense talent, Koke looks set to be one of the big names in the summer transfer window if he continues his awesome form as Atletico challenge for La Liga and Champions League honours in 2013/2014.
In September, Koke signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid which expires in 2018 – the release clause of just 24 million euros sparked interest from Premier League champions Manchester United, according to Marca.
Koke had no intention of leaving the Spanish side for Old Trafford and Atletico Madrid were unwilling to sell, nevertheless, Manchester United’s interest forced the young midfielder and his club back to the negotiating table.
As a result, Marca claim Koke has agreed a new deal at Atletico Madrid, with a release clause of 60 million euros.
Whilst this new release fee may not be out of reach for Manchester United – to put it into comparison – Diego Costa’s currently stands at 38 million euros.
Although unlikely to happen, were Manchester United (or any other club) to sign both Koke and Costa together, they would be signing a partnership with the former often providing assists for the latter.