Manchester United transfer news: United 'consider club-record £48m bid' for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as Louis van Gaal begins restructuring
Koke shone this season as Atletico sealed the La Liga title but he has been identified as one of United's prime targets for sign this summer
Manchester United are hopeful that they can land Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke in a £48m move that would smash their current transfer record as the Louis van Gaal era begins to take shape.
With the current Netherlands manager appointed as the replacement to David Moyes earlier this month, United have begun their plans to revamp the squad in an effort to return to the Champions League after their disastrous campaign following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Having identified Koke as a potential summer target, United were originally hopeful that they could negotiate a move for the 22-year-old, but Atletico’s reluctance to sell one of their brightest talents has led to the Premier League club consider a move to activate his £48m release clause.
The newly-crowned Spanish league champions could be raided this summer after the biggest clubs in Europe took notice of their triumphant La Liga campaign. With Diego Costa, Tiago and Filipe Luis all expected to be hotly pursued, Atletico are defiant that they do not want to sell Koke to any of their European rivals.
But Van Gaal is believed to have identified the young Spanish talent as the man United are currently missing in the heart of their midfield. Having signed Juan Mata from Chelsea for a record £37.1m in January, the club could quickly smash their biggest ever signing within six months should they activate the near-half-a-million clause in Koke’s contract.
Read more: Van Persie leads tributes to Glazier
United owner Glazier passes away aged 85
United mourn their former owner
It’s believed that the Red Devils are willing to offer Koke a contract in the region of £60,000-a-week, but could up his salary if it means they land the creative midfielder, who shone last season as he provided 13 assists in La Liga – the second most along with Cesc Fabregas – behind Real’s Angel Di Maria.
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Watch the moment a basketball player reassures a small boy after a mass brawl erupted on court
Eden Hazard didn't like the champagne on offer in the Chelsea dressing room
Jon Stewart brings The Daily Show to WWE Raw as Seth Rollins pays the price for feud with TV presenter
Why Manchester City could turn to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers if Manuel Pellegrini is dismissed
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'