Toni Kroos might be the midfielder who has been in the press recently being linked with a move to Manchester United but links with Atletico Madrid’s Koke started much earlier in the season.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been one of La Liga’s best players this year and has helped steer Atletico to the edge of the title with his performances thanks to his 13 assists and six goals.
Last night, he scored the solitary goal that took Atletico through to the Champions League semi-final at the expense of Barcelona and after the game, Xavi labelled him as his ready made replacement in Spanish football.
“Koke is an extraordinary footballer,” Xavi said.
“He has everything: talent, physical ability, he is a footballer of the present and the future.
“He has been marked out as the conductor of Spain’s orchestra for the next 10 years.”
That’s the highest praise Xavi could have given Koke and he is certainly one of Spain’s most promising players in the generation that is coming to fruition now.
“Maybe, why not? I have a long contract and I want to see it through because Atleti is my home,” Koke said.
“We’re doing big things as a team in a very nice project and hopefully I can be here for many years.
“The team is making history and hopefully it lasts many years because what we are achieving is very good.”
Koke is a fantasy football signing for Manchester United this summer but that’s precisely the sort of midfielders we need in this transfer window. Signing the new Spanish conductor? That’d go some way to improving our midfield.
Now that we are out of the Champions League and only have five meaningless Premier League games remaining, focus will turn towards the summer where Manchester United are likely to have one of the biggest squad overhauls we have had in a long time.