Sources within Atletico Madrid have confirmed to Inside Spanish Football that a deal was struck last night, and despite last minute protests from manager Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid were forced to sell the Spanish international in the heart of their Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey runs.
This will undoubtedly cause Atletico Madrid to falter, but will likely pave the way for the loan deal for Tottenham Hotspur forward Erik Lamela and the permanent transfer of Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena, as the club will finally be able to sign and pay the wages with the funds generated from the Koke transfer.
David Moyes was seen in the stands at the Vicente Calderon for Atletico Madrid’s win over Champions League opponents Porto and was impressed by the 21-year-old’s technical ability and skill, but despite initially denying any interest in leaving the club, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo convinced the 21-year-old that it was for the good of the club and it’s future, leaving Koke to give up his fight and agree to make the move to Old Trafford.
The deal should be confirmed on the 1st of January when the winter transfer window re-opens. With a ‘Big’ transfer agreed early in the transfer window, David Moyes is obviously thinking he still has time to turn this season into a winning one.