Blues to press ahead with bid for impressive Spanish international.
Chelsea will go toe-to-toe with Spanish giants Barcelona next summer in a battle to sign Atletico Madrid star Koke, according to the Daily Express.
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Jose Mourinho has long admired the technical ability of Koke, and will consider meeting the playmakers’ sizeable £48million release clause to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho wants him to join the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, who will become the backbone of this current Chelsea side for years to come.
Should Chelsea press ahead with the move – and be successful – that could pave the way for Real Madrid to finally spring into action for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
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