Despite just winning this season’s Premier League title Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is already planning for next season by offering Atletico Madrid £30 million in cash and former Atletico left-back Filipe Luis fore Spanish midfield sensation Koke.
Mourinho is eager to put together a team which will not only retain the domestic title next season, but also allow him to be the only manager to have ever won the Champions league with three different clubs.
Koke just signed a new five-year contract with Atletico which contains a £44 million buyout clause, but due to the fact the Blues boss prefers to play César Azpilicueta at left-back he will offer the 29-year-old Brazilian Filipe Luis plus £30 million cash for the midfield playmaker Koke.
Real Madrid recently contacted Chelsea over Nigerian international John Obi Mikel, and reports suggest talks have already begun, and should a deal be done it would open up a place for the Spaniard in Mourinho’s team.
Koke is fast becoming the best midfielder in Spain and has Barcelona eyeing him up as a possible replacement for Xavi, spurning Chelsea to get their act in gear, sending technical director Michael Emenalo to watch the 23-year-old play last week before beginning talks.
According to the Daily Express Mourinho is also in the market for a striker, and has pencilled in Inter Milan front man Mauro Icardi, while also looking at QPR’s Robert Green to take over Petr Cech’s duties at Stamford Bridge.