Atletico Madrid midfielder is wanted by Barcelona but the Catalan giants would have a problem on that front, as claimed by Spanish newspaper Sport [per Sport Witness].
The Catalan source described the issue as ‘a Jose Mourinho-shaped problem’ mainly because the energetic Spaniard is Mourinho’s ‘ultimate dream’ signing for Chelsea and negotiations have already begun with Koke regarding a possible transfer to Stamford Bridge
Although Koke is not yet ready to leave the Vicente Calderon, Sport explain that, as long as Mourinho remains boss of Chelsea, an attempt to lure the midfielder to Stamford Bridge will keep happening.
Atletico Madrid players have seen their statuses changed since their exploits in Europe – winning the Europa League and the Super Cup in 2012, coupled with their La Liga triumph in 2013 as well as getting to the Champions League final same year.
Stars like Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois have all left the Spanish capital to write a new chapter in their career at Chelsea, while Arda Turan also joined Barcelona during the summer.
Furthermore, Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin and Koke were also massively chased by several European heavyweights during the summer, and it is only a matter of time before they also switch allegiances to other club sides as Atleti are known to always sell their important players if the price is right.
Signing Koke would be a brilliant piece of business by Chelsea and Mourinho, given the poor performances shown by their midfielders this term, with the Blues currently languishing in 16th place with just two wins out of 8 Premier League games.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are not only targeting Atleti’s Koke but also their coach. Reports suggest Diego Simeone has been earmarked as Mourinho’s replacement if the Portuguese fails to turns things around at the west London club in the next few weeks.