The Daily Express reveals that Chelsea are in advanced talks with Atlético Madrid over a £30m swap deal for Spanish midfielder Koke.
According to the English newspaper the 23-year-old has a £44m release clause, but the Blues hope that including former Atlético left-back Filipe Luis in the deal could tempt Cerezo’s club into selling. Luis didn’t impress this season at Stamford Bridge and is reportedly keen on returning to Madrid.
Koke is believed to be on the top of Mourinho’s wishlist, but unless a formation change is in the Portuguese’s plans, the Spain international may find it difficult to occupy a place in Chelsea’s side next term. The Blues have used a 4-2-3-1 system for the majority of the season, with Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic operating as a pair in the heart of the midfield: the two midfielders both fundamental for the stability of the team during this successful season, but it’s also true they missed several games for injuries or suspensions, and like every player had moments of low form, with Zouma forced to play in the midfield to give more stability and power, so Koke can be the perfect replacement to dip into in certain moments.
In the last games Mourinho often used the 4-3-3 system also to deal with the absence of his strikers, all coping with injuries, so Koke could perfect to suit a three-men-midfield: his arrival could give Mourinho more options to play and the team won’t be hinging on the two pivots, Fabregas and Matic.
With Real Madrid and Barcelona set to dominate La Liga for the considerable future, Koke may choose to take a step closer to silverware this summer. Chelsea would be the perfect destination for the young midfielder.