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Manchester United keen on activating £16m release clause

kokeAn England flag has been hoisted above the bar in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening to celebrate Roy Hodgson’s sides’ qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

However some in the tavern are just glad the international break is finally over so the business of the Premier League can return this weekend.

And now attention has been firmly brought back to domestic matters when Nick Lustig from the Daily Star arrives to report that Manchester United are looking at Atletico Madrid midfield star Koke with a view to possible transfer.

Koke has already won three international caps for Spain and was regarded as a target by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson last term after helping his side secure the Copa del Rey last season.

Now Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford David Moyes has also been impressed with 21-year-old as Atletico currently lead La Liga with eight wins from eights putting them level with Barcelona.

The former Everton boss appears keen to bring Koke to Old Trafford but is likely to face strong competition from Barca who view him as a long-term replacement for Spanish maestro Xavi, 33, who is approaching the end of his stunning playing career.

Koke recently penned a new deal with Atletico which sees him contracted at the club until 2018 but with a release clause in place that could see him leave for £16 million, he remains a suitable target for United and Barcelona.

Does this possible transfer make sense for United? How good is Koke? Let us know your thoughts below.

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