Report: Manchester City keen on another creative superstar

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to bring Koke to the club so say some areas of the press.

According to reports in Spanish media outlet, Marca (via Daily Mail), the club is ready to make a move.

Pep Guardiola is looking to strengthen Manchester City’s midfield by signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

The report states that the player has a whopping £127.5m release clause in his contract and even Manchester City would struggle to justify that sort of spend.

In reality TFF feels that a fee of somewhere around £60m would force Atletico to seriously consider their options.

Koke is a midfield sensation who reminds us of Ross Barkley. He has similar bullishness and wonderful feet, as well as an engine that can cover every bade of grass. He’s box-to-box and equally likely to put in a game saving challenge as he is to score a beauty.

But he has demonstrated much more consistency than Barkley over the last year to really cement his place back in the impressive Spanish side.

Koke has played 29 times for Spain since his debut in 2013 and, while he hasn’t always been a first choice at international level, he certainly has the ability to replace Iniesta in the long-term.

The 5ft 10in 24-year-old has played 282 times for Atletico Madrid over 8 seasons and scored 24 goals.

Quite how Manchester City would fit him in to a side already replete with midfield talent will be the subject of much debate. But TFF thinks he’s good enough to replace the likes of Silva and Toure as a Manchester City stalwart of the future.

Let’s see some of his best moments in a long career in Spain. Manchester City fans: how would you squeeze him in to the eleven?