Forget Koke: Three Atletico players Manchester United should be targeting

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The Old Trafford outfit have been heavily linked with a move for the Vicente Calderon playmaker, but a number of his team-mates look like a better fit.

Manchester United’s search for new players to bolster their squad is thoroughly underway, but there have been no additions as yet this January transfer window.

One target that is repeatedly linked with a switch to Old Trafford is Atletico Madrid’s Koke, who has played his part in Diego Simeone’s men putting in a La Liga title challenge this term.

However, despite the Spain international’s quality, he is not the only Vicente Calderon star that the Premier League champions should be looking at.

Arda Turan

The Turkey international has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past, but has all the attributes that United currently need.

The talented wide midfielder can play on either flank, has pace to burn, trickery galore and the all-important creativity to unlock defences – the main thing that the Red Devils’ currently crave.

With Turan also possessing an eye for goal, there is no doubt that he could be a shot in the arm for the Old Trafford outfit’s midfield.

Filipe Luis

Another area in which United are looking to bolster is at left-back, with Leighton Baines a long-time target to replace Patrice Evra. Despite reported interest in Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao, there is another full-back in the Spanish capital that David Moyes should look to.

Filipe Luis has been a consistently positive force in the Atletico team since moving from Deportivo La Coruna, and has progressed into one of the most exciting attacking full-backs in the division.

With a turn of pace, excellent delivery and confidence whilst in possession, the Brazilian has the ability to be a superstar in England.

Diego Godin

With the futures of centre-halves Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand up in the air, the likelihood is that United will look to sign a commanding defender in the near future.

Atletico have the best defensive record in La Liga, which is largely down to the exploits of centre-half pairing Diego Godin and Joao Miranda.

The Uruguayan is a quick, strong, no-nonsense centre-half who has grown in stature at the club over recent seasons. The South American has been a virtual ever-present in the side this year, and would add the experience and physicality that United will need once they can no longer rely on their ageing duo.

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