Chelsea have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke but there’s a very good reason the deal may not happen.
“Atletico Madrid’s Koke emerged as one of Chelsea’s top midfield targets this summer but he is the man wanted by Barcelona to replace Fabregas,” reports the Mail.
News broke yesterday that Fabregas may have held an agreement with a Premier League club with the Catalan press later revealing that Jose Mourinho’s club were thought to be that side.
However, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague later dismissed that idea but confirmed that Fabregas would more than likely be on the move after the World Cup in Brazil.
It’s no surprise that Chelsea are linked with some of the best players on a regular basis but going after Koke could jeopardise their chances of landing Fabregas which is something that Mourinho should avoid.
If they compete for the Atletico Madrid star then they are effectively delaying Barca’s deal to sign Fabregas’ replacement, which dents the Blues’ chances of snapping up Fabregas in what looks set to be a transfer frenzy for the 27-year-old after Brazil.
Fabregas ticks all of the boxes in terms of being the sort of player who can come into the side, lead well in the middle and ease the pain of Frank Lampard’s decision to go and play in the MLS.
Arsenal gave him the opportunity to be captain so Chelsea would benefit from that leadership experience and also the fact he’s one of the best in the world when it comes to protecting possession.
Fabregas would definitely be the more expensive option for the club but he’s reportedly available, he has experience of English football and he could be ready to replace John Terry as skipper when the veteran defender calls it a day.