Atlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone has once again stated his decision about Koke’s move away from the Vicente Calderón.
He said that the 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Koke is ‘non-transferable’ and that he does not intend to let the midfielder go to Chelsea or any other club for that matter. On being asked to elaborate, he said:
”Koke is such a capable player. He has such vision of play. He can play in different roles and gives us a lot of options in attack. I have confidence that unlike last season, we will maintain certain stability in our group in order to continue to grow.” (Source: London Evening Standard)
This is surely a big blow for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who is certainly a distant admirer of the playmaker. Koke has come through the ranks at Atlético Madrid and was influential in Atlético’s title winning 2013-14 campaign.
Chelsea have enjoyed a good working relationship with Atlético Madrid, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois staying at the Spanish club for three years on loan, and the Blues buying Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from them last season. But it still might not do Chelsea any favors as Koke’s buy-out clause is a whopping £43m, which is a tad high even in these highly inflated markets.
However, there are a few reasons why it might be a better call not to sign the midfielder. First of all, Koke usually plays in the hole behind the striker(s) at Atlético, a position that is already in high demand at Chelsea. The likes of Oscar, Willian and Fabregas are all more than capable of playing in that position.
Meanwhile, the Chelsea boss has built his team around Oscar and even sold Juan Mata for that purpose. So it might not be desirable to buy an elite level player just to warm the bench. Neither does he need to change the system which helped his team win the League and a Cup last season. Last season Koke made 44 appearances for Atlético, netting 4 times and grabbing 16 assists in the process. Sure the assists column looks good, but the number of goals needs to be a bit higher to be first choice #10 at Chelsea.
One of the reasons why Chelsea had a less “beautiful” second half last season was mainly due to the lack of a goal scoring right midfielder. And that’s exactly what Chelsea are in the transfer market for this summer.
There’s no denying that Koke is good. Perhaps even Chelsea level good. But do we really need him? Maybe or maybe not.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni
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