talkSPORT have handed a blow to some of our regulars here in the Football Transfer Tavern as they claim that Barcelona are set to set up their chase for Koke.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been tracked by both Chelsea and Manchester City in recent months and it would be a huge blow to the duo – City in particular – should the Spaniard leave the Vicente Calderon for life in Catalonia.
Of course, as some of our regulars note over a late mega meal to cure the hangover, Barcelona are supposed to be under a transfer ban but seem to be doing remarkably well when it comes to getting appeals and the ban suspended time and time again – not that it comes as a shock to us.
Our landlord also points out that Manuel Pellegrini might not be at Manchester City for too much longer.
That would of course mean that Diego Simeone could well be courted for the top job and might well bring the likes of Koke with him.
Manchester City fans. Is this a huge blow to you or do you think that Barcelona will miss out on the player dubbed the next Xavi? Let us know your thoughts below.