Sources: Chelsea, Barcelona in a battle for Atletico Madrid star Koke

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke could be moving.


Chelsea and Barcelona are both involved in moves to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, according to Sky sources.

Barcelona see him as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who they are looking to offload over the summer.

But Chelsea are also taking steps to bring Koke to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho looks to further strengthen his squad for next season.

The 22-year-old Spain international has been at Atletico all his career and played a key role this season as Diego Simeone’s side clinched the Primera Liga title and reached the Champions League final.

Madrid-born Koke only agreed an extension to his contract with Atletico in January, taking him through to 2018, and he has told Marca he is content at the club despite being flattered by Barcelona’s interest.

He said: "I still haven’t had time to read what has come out. I am on holiday and I plan to disconnect.

"Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world and that they are interested in you means that you must be doing something right. That is very nice for a footballer.

"In any case, I only think about keeping working. I want to stay here and everyone knows it. I see myself at Atletico next season."