Chelsea Set Sights On £48m Youngster as Replacement for Frank Lampard

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Stamford Bridge side target yet another Vicente Calderon talent.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring in a host of talents this summer as he seeks to freshen up his squad and has set his sights on Atletico Madrid youngster Koke as a potential long term replacement for Frank Lampard according to The Times.

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Man United are also known to be tracking the Spanish international but either side would have to trigger Koke’s £48m release clause to secure the 22 year old as the Vicente Calderon side have no intention of selling the playmaker.

Koke had a superb season at the Vicente Calderon, becoming a pivotal member of Diego Simeone’s first team set-up and earning a spot in Vicente del Bosque’s Spain squad for the 2014 World Cup finals but the locally born talent may feel he has achieved as much as he can at Atletico.

Koke made 58 appearances in all competitions last term, scoring seven goals and finishing the La Liga campaign as the second highest assist maker.

Mourinho could look to fund the move using the cash raked in from the sale of David Luiz to PSG earlier this summer.

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