Manchester United are moments away from making their acquisition of Juan Mata official, but they’ve also been closely linked with another attacking midfielder this January window – Atletico Madrid’s Koke.
The 22 year-old has been setting La Liga alight this season, recording four goals and eight assists in 18 starts and furthermore picking up the Player of the Month award for October.
Along the way, he’s averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.3 shots and 2.1 key passes per game with a pass completion ratio of 82%, donning an array of roles in the Mattress Makers’ midfield.
Having already made over 100 competitive appearances in his career and broken into the Spanish national team at senior level earlier this season, Koke is shaping up to be a world-class talent that could soon take the European and international stages by storm.
It could take a move to a major club for the Atletico prodigy to reach his full potential, but suitors have been lining up since the summer due to the Spaniard’s incredible form and news of a £17million release clause in his Vincente Calderon contract.
That makes Koke more than available for a club of Manchester United’s stature and financial backing.
The only stumbling block however remains convincing the 2012 Europa League title-winner to quit the Spanish capital half way through the season – Diego Simeone’s side are pushing for top spot in La Liga and were the first club to qualify for the Champions League’s knock-out stages this year – an incredibly promising campaign that Koke is not prepared to walk out on.