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Atletico Madrid signing to pave way for monster Manchester United bid?

Atletico Madrid have confirmed the loan signing of central midfielder Jose Sosa, which is excellent news for Manchester United in their chase for Koke.

Espn have reported that Atletico Madrid have signed Argentine midfielder Jose Sosa on an initial 6 month loan spell with the option to buy from Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone knows all about the Argentine from their time together at Argentine club Estudiantes. The midfield playmaker has been a target for many La Liga clubs, including Malaga and Real Betis, but it is the Rojiblancos that won the race for his signature and the initial loan spell could turn into a €10m transfer at the end of the season.

The news was of the transfer was reported by the player’s representative Ezequiel Manera on twitter

“The operation is a loan with an option to buy. Tomorrow Jose Sosa together with Maximiliano Pra will be arriving in Madrid. We appreciate the good will and understanding of the people at Metalist. These six months are very important for Jose.”

The news itself will have its implication, as David Moyes’ Manchester United have a strong interest in Atletico midfielder Koke and the coveted midfielder might now be approachable.

Koke has been in irresistible form for the Rojiblancos this term, starting in 16 of their 17 La Liga matches, netting three goals and helping himself to a further eight assists.

The 21-year-old has led Atletico to joint top and helped the Madrid-based side progress to the next phase of the Champions League. The Spanish international has become hot property with some outstanding performances, with interest coming from a range of European top clubs.

Nevertheless, the midfielder has been told that his place belongs in the Spanish capital, and that the reported £50m release clause is evident to cover Atletico’s tracks. However, with United ready to splash the cash, the recent signing of Jose Sosa could well indicate that Diego Simeone is preparing for life without his influential midfielder Koke, just in case.

Will Manchester United now be able to sign Koke?

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