According to reports, Premier League leaders Chelsea are prepared to meet Atletico Madrid star Koke's £48m release clause. Spanish sources strongly claim the Premier League outfit have their sights firmly set on signing the 22-year-old, and will look to secure his services in the near future.
Madrid are facing testing financial times and manager Diego Simeone is likely to be asked to raise funds by selling one of his big stars during the upcoming transfer window, with Koke their most valuable asset. Jose Mourinho already has three of the Argentine's title winning side, and would hope Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis could help lure the young talent to Stamford Bridge.
Operating from left-midfield for the majority of the current campaign, Koke has emerged as Atletico Madrid's most influential player, in a creative capacity at least. Already this season the Spaniard has fashioned 27 goal scoring chances for his side - Gabi is his closest competitor, having played 15 key passes. In just eleven La Liga appearances, Koke already has seven assists to his name, while he has four in four in the Champions League.
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In terms of his ability to create chances, he has even outperformed Chelsea's Eden Hazard this season; a player he is likely to compete with for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge, should he make the move. The Belgian youngster has fashioned 21 key passes, assisting just the one goal - this sees him create 1.91 chances per match, compared to Koke's current rate of 2.45; a significant disparity.
The Spaniard is an exceptional young talent, who is widely expected to play a starring role for his country for many years to come. Chelsea have been known to fork out for the biggest names in world football in the past, and there are few reasons to suggest they won't do so again. For £48 million, the club would be signing a young, innovative midfielder, capable of bringing even further excitement to the Premier League.