United have competition in playmaker pursuit with €60m buyout

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Renowned La Liga writer Guillem Balague says Bayern Munich are also interested in Manchester United target.

One of Manchester United's most viable targets, Koke Resurreccion, 21, has attracted interest from across the continent, as confirmed by well-placed Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who confirms the coveted playmaker is a wanted man by Bayern Munich but warns that, despite being in-demand, he will remain at Atletico Madrid, a side challenging Barcelona all the way in the race for the Primera Division title.

On Atleti's stupendous La Liga campaign, Balague said to Sky Sports: '[They] have never had 49 points in 18 games in their history, they've only lost five points this season and scored 47 goals.'

Top players only sporadically swap clubs during the mid-season market and, considering Koke has a likelier chance of claiming a league title in his homeland with Atletico than he would be if he transferred to Old Trafford, David Moyes may not be able to secure the player's signature until the summer.

Thus far this season, Koke has registered nine assists and four goals in 18 domestic matches, a goal/assist return of one every 110 minutes on average. He has also created 42 chances, has found a team-mate with 23% of his crosses and has an overall pass completion rate of 83%.

'Koke is about to turn 22 years old,' Balague continued, 'he's got a buyout clause of 60 million euros and yes I do understand that Manchester United like Koke [but] so do Bayern Munich and so do many big teams in Europe, but he is staying at Atletico Madrid and he doesn't want to leave this season.'

Club sporting director Jose Luis Caminero recently spoke about Koke's 'Atletico heart' and claimed he would remain with the team for many years.

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