Manchester United reach principal agreement on €36 million transfer for Atlético Madrid’s Koke
Manchester United have pulled off one of the biggest transfer moves of the January transfer window, as the cash-strapped Atletico Madrid have agreed to sell one of their most prized youth products for a hefty sum of €36 million to the English Premier League giants.
Sources within Atletico Madrid have confirmed to Inside Spanish Football that the deal was struck last night, and despite last minute protests from manager Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid were forced to sell the Spanish international in the heart of their Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey runs.
This will undoubtedly cause Atletico Madrid to faulter, but will likely pave the way for the loan deal for Tottenham Hotspur forward, Erik Lamela and the permenant transfer of Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena, as the club will finally be able to sign and pay the wages with the funds generated from the Koke transfer.
Moyes was seen in the stands at the Vicente Calderon for Atletico Madrid’s win over Champions League opponents, Porto and was impressed by the 21-year-old’s technical ability and skill but despite initially denying any interest in leaving the club, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo convinced the 21-year-old that it was for the good of the club and it’s future, leaving Koke to give up his fight and agree to make the move to Old Trafford.
Koke was at the Atletico Madrid offices when the two sides reached an agreement and was seen by cameras saying it was ironic that the deal should be reached on the Día de los Santos Inocentes…
Editor’s Note: Happy Spanish ‘April Fools Day’ everyone!