Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has reportedly put pen to paper on a fresh new deal at the club - with a €60 million release fee.
The length of the contract is the same, with the deal expiring in the summer of 2018. Yet, the major reason for Atletico wanting to tie down their Spanish international midfielder to a new deal was a result of a perilously low release clause of just €24 million.
€24 million for a midfielder of Koke’s standard would be classed as a bargain in today’s game, especially if you consider how much the likes of Liverpool spent on English talent Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll just a few years ago.
Koke has never spoken of his desire to leave Atletico Madrid – then again, with the Rojiblancos currently joint on points with giants Barcelona at the summit of La Liga and into the latter stages of the Copa Del Rey and Champions League, why would he?
However, Manchester United have been keen admirers of the midfielder, with David Moyes even going over to Spain to watch the midfielder play first hand. Despite the deal not being publicly announced, the playmaker put pen to paper a few weeks ago – therefore ruling out a possible €24 million move to Old Trafford.
Nonetheless, the new release clause of €60 million should not put the Red Devils off fighting for his signature. The Spanish international has started 18 La Liga games so far this campaign, scoring four goals and assisting a further eight – a statistic which no Manchester United midfielder comes close to.
Koke also possesses great ability at unlocking defences with perfectly weighted through balls. In La Liga alone, the midfielder has played 42 key passes – more than Carrick, Cleverly, Kagawa, Giggs, Jones and Fellaini combined.
Is €60 million too much for a midfielder? Taking into account that Koke is just 22-years-old, he shows a surreal level of intelligence and ability with potential for so much more. Hypothetically, the Spanish star would represent just €6 million a year in transfer fees should he spend 10 years at Old Trafford – A figure which would still represent an absolute steal.
Manchester United should not be put off by the new €60 million release clause and should do everything they can to bring in a player who will become one of the greatest of his generation.
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