Better Than Paul Pogba, Chelsea Set To Complete £45m Signing

Brendan Rodgers

In a £107 million pound-transfer deal for 3 Atletico Madrid players, Koke has the highest portion. A £45 million offer to remove his buyout clause, with an exchange including Filipe Luiz, and he will be all Chelsea’s. This is relatively a good deal considering his quality et al, when compared to France international, Paul Pogba. The Juventus midfielder will cost Chelsea a whopping 70 million pounds, and considering Financial Fair Play, the club will have to break the bank for the signature of the 22 years old.

Koke has been an important member of his childhood club, Atletico Madrid ever since becoming a regular in the club’s squad 3 seasons ago at age 20. His midfield expertise was however more felt last season when the Rojiblancos went ahead to win the league title in 18 years. Koke particularly stood out with 13 assists and 6 goals to lead his side to victory. In the current season, he has appeared 32 times and scored twice.

Koke’s abilities to orchestrate attacking chances and also make defence-splitting passes are some of those features that make him a more affordable-better option. One that comes with equal quality, tenacity and expertise when compared with Pogba. His physique however offers him added advantages in a physical league such as the EPL. His goalless 16 appearances for the Spanish national team do not limit his qualities as a fine midfielder in any way.

Pogba’s price has been a problem for most clubs interested in signing him. Most will have to sell some big players in their squad in order to accommodate him. Manchester city is leading in the race, as they are also ready to pay £260,000 per week in order to lure the French international to the Etihad.  With 23 league appearances, no thanks to injuries, and 8 goals, it can be said that Pogba iis more attacking-minded than Koke, but not defensively. Koke’s coming from a team known for solid defense style will fit perfectly into a Chelsea team with similar abilities.

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