Chelsea are set to battle with Premier League champions Manchester City in the quest to capture Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
The 22 year old midfielder is an exceptional talent who was incredibly influential for his club as they captured a surprise La Liga title last year, pipping the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to the crown.
There was heavy criticism in the summer after Koke was left out of Spain’s starting line up for the World Cup.
Koke has also been targeted by Barcelona, and as a result, signed a new deal with Atletico until 2019.
This contract includes a release clause that allows him to depart for £48 million.
City in particular have targeted him as a replacement for the likes of Yaya Toure.
Many in their midfield are edging towards the end of their career.
They will still have to watch out for the threat of Chelsea, who could yet pip them to the player.