Barcelona manager Luis Enrique wants the club to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke to replace Nou Camp and Spain legend Xavi according to the Daily Mail.
Xavi is set to end a 24-year association with the Catalan giants in signing a three year contract with Qatari club Al Sadd, following another Spanish footballing legend Raul when he left Real Madrid.
Spain international Koke has a £44 million (€60 million) release clause from Atletico Madrid, though Enrique believes he would be worth breaking the bank for to fill the hole left by Xavi.
The 23-year-old player was a key figure in Atleti’s La Liga winning side and has since gone on to represent his country 16 times, setting up their goal in the 1-0 win against Ukraine on Friday.
Influential midfielder Xavi will be sorely missed at the Nou Camp, having amassed nearly 500 league appearances in a hugely successful Barcelona team, winning seven La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies and two Champions Leagues.