Sneijder, Ozil, Muniain, Thiago… The list of potential Manchester United midfield solvers has been endless through recent seasons.
So is Koke any different? Or is he just another cracking player doing the rounds in Manchester?
Since Diego Simeone’s arrival Koke has gone from being a promising youth player to one that has been an ever present cog in Atletico’s formidable midfield.
His impressive performances have earned him international game time amongst arguably the greatest set of midfielders in world football.
David Moyes’s recent trip to Atletico’s iconic Vicente Calderón stadium would suggest that Manchester Utd really are serious this time.
However, the Rojiblancos’ midfield general seemed to play down the visit and instead re-iterated his desire to stay in Madrid.
"I didn't know anything (about Moyes watching on), but I'm not concerned (with any of that). I renewed in the summer." Koke told Canal Plus on the United reports.
So here begs the question, why move?
After all, Atletico are current Copa Del Rey champions and sit second in La Liga to Barcelona only on goal difference.
Furthermore, they have recorded 19 wins from 24 games this season, more than Spain’s other two giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Manchester United on the other hand have really struggled domestically and a failure to finish in the Champions League spots for next season could jeopardise their chances of securing some top quality names next summer.
Atletico's place in the competition looks already assured, while their progression to the knockout stage in top spot in their group illustrates that competitively they are at least on a par with United.
While former Atletico man David de Gea may well try to do his best behind the scenes to convince his compatriot to make the switch to Old Trafford, he may be swimming against the tide.
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