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Mourinho wants to take Koke to Chelsea for next season

Mourinho wants to take Koke to Chelsea for next season

The Chelsea sporting director watched the Atléti star in Málaga. Paying the player's release clause, which is close to 60 million euros, will be the only way to enter discussions with the player.

Chelsea want to sign Koke for next season. Mourinho is thinking hard about signing one of Diego Simeone’s star players and last week a Chelsea watched the Atlético man from a box at La Rosaleda, Málaga. Michael Emenalo, Chelsea’s sporting director, travelled to the capital of the Costa del Sol to see the midfield in action. However, Chelsea will not have it easy. Atlético are not willing to part with the player unless he asks for a move. And right now Koke is very happy at the club where he started out.

Last season Koke was aready a target of Europe’s elite. In light of there, Atlético renewed his deal until 2019 with a salary that was around six million euros to try and fend off the approaches of clubs including Manchester City and Manchester United. The club and Simeone have made him the focus of the club’s project for the future and for Chelsea to get the player away from the Calderón will be difficult. To pay his release clause, which is close to 60 million euros, is the only way to enter negotiations.

Suitors. This season, Koke has attracted plenty of interest. Manchester City went to watch him against Juventus. Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, travelled to Turin to see the player in action in a top-level match in the Champions League. For Simeone he is a vital player, alongside others such as Godín, and he wants to keep the player at all costs. In addition, the medium-term plan is to allow him to play more in central midfield, his preferred position. But Mourinho will try and tempt him to command the Chelsea midfield. Koke is one of the most complete midfielders in Europe.

Filipe Luis could be included in any possible deal

Chelsea want to offer Filipe Luis in their deal to sign Koke. The left-back has failed to nail down a starting role at Stamford Bridge since leaving the Calderón. He has been in and out of the line-up as Mourinho relies more on Azpilicueta. Therefore, the Brazilian could look favourably on a return to the Calderón, where he was a permanent fixture for Simeone. Chelsea know that Simeone has not found a regular start at left-back since they signed Filipe from Atleti. Ansaldi, Siqueira and Gámez have all played there but none have made the position their own. Therefore, Chelsea want to play the card of tempting Atleti to take the Brazilian back to Spain. However, Filipe did not leave the club on the best of terms and next season he will be 30.

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