Koke has put pen to paper on a new improved deal at Atletico Madrid that will see his release clause bumped up to €60 million and negotiations for a new deal at Atletico came as a consequence of Manchester United trying to sign him in the summer, according to MARCA.
David Moyes was willing to meet his €24 million release clause but it was Koke himself who vetoed a move to Old Trafford in order stay at Atletico Madrid.
In hindsight, it has been a vindicated decision because Koke has had a fantastic season in La Liga on a personal level and with Atletico who are serious title contenders.
That means that Moyes tried to bring in Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera, Sami Khedira and Koke from La Liga in the summer. In that respect, you can’t blame him for not trying to sign a central midfielder.
However, it is now likely that Koke has been scratched off our list, Fabregas won’t leave Barcelona and we aren’t willing to meet Herrera’s release clause. As for Khedira, he is out for the whole season with a serious injury. In effect, all the midfielders we targete in the summer are now not suitable options so we will have to draw up new targets.
Koke’s addition would have been superb for the squad but at €60 million, we could buy two fantastic central midfielders and he doesn’t warrant that sort of price.
Signing players used to look straight forward and easy under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, and it was a testament to their ability to negotiate a deal with a player quickly and quietly. It is a tact that Moyes and Woodward are yet to master.