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Chelsea line-up player plus cash bid for £43m midfield maestro

Stamford Bridge outfit keen to land Atletico Madrid star.

Chelsea are ready to make a big money move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke according to Spanish source AS.

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Jose Mourinho’s side edged closer to securing the Premier League title with a win over Man United on the weekend but it’s clear the Blues boss is keen to strengthen his squad in the summer.

The West London side are willing to offer a big sum as well as Brazilian full-back Felipe Luis in return for the 23 year old Vicente Calderon star.

Koke played a pivotal role in Diego Simeone’s La Liga title winning side last term but having seen Atletico Madrid fail to adequately defend that title it is possible the Spanish international would be open to a high-profile move.

Luis hasn’t managed to oust Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea’s first choice left-back and as such could be open to a return to Atletico.

Creative midfielder Koke has provided 15 assists in all competitions this term and is a player Simeone won’t want to lose though his €60m (£43m) release clause is well within Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s budget.

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