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Koke has emerged as United's main transfer target.

Koke can take 2014 by storm

Koke has emerged as United's main transfer target.

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Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Koke is in dazzling form. El Loco expects him to create waves in 2014 as well.


Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has been enjoying his best form thus far in his career with the club this year.

In fact, he has been creating waves in both at club and international scenes in 2013.

The versatile 21-year-old has been an influential figure for Diego Simeone's team this season.

Atletico are now second in the table behind Barcelona as La Liga takes a winter break. They are also in the last 16 of both the Champions League and Copa Del Rey.

With the kind of form he is in, it is understandable the Madrid-born Koke -- whose full name is Jorge Resurreccion Merodio -- is being pursued for his signature by big clubs like Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

United manager David Moyes has watched Koke in action -- not once but twice -- as the Red Devils prepare to make a bid on this highly-talented  midfielder during the January transfer window.

And desperate Moyes was reportedly to be saying United will make a stunning £30m (RM162m) raid for Koke as early as Jan 1.

Not really know whether Koke is interested to go to Old Trafford where his 'old friend' David De Gea is playing.

De Gea played for Atletico before joining United.

But then again if the money is good, Koke may just decide to leave Atletico - the club whom he started off a youth player.

Simeone naturally would not want to his star leaving Vicente Calderon as they are in a very good position to wrest the Liga title from Barca and across city rivals Real Madrid.

Atletico have all the chance as well to make last eight of the Champions League by beating AC Milan, who  are struggling in mid-table of Serie A this season.

Koke can only improve and this means fans can expect him to enjoy better outing in 2014.

Atletico aside, the Madrid-born, is also a Spain international. This means Koke has the chance to impress in the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is already impressed with Koke who now seven caps under his belt.

And Koke may well have club teammate in striker Diego Costa playing alongside him at the World Cup.

The 24-year-old Brazil-born Costa, who has this great understanding with Koke, has decided to choose to play for Spain instead of his homeland.

Koke, dubbed as 'new Xavi' by some, can be expected to shine in Brazil with the dazzling kind of form he is in now.

Meanwhile, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti insists there's no concern being five points from the top of the table as La Liga takes the winter break.

Real close out 2013 five points behind Barca and Atletico.

"Five points aren’t insignificant," says the Italian. "At this point the table is clear. Barca and Atletico are doing very well. They have five points more than us and are the favourites right now, but I have high hopes for the second half of the season."

Ancelotti is right. With Cristiano Ronaldo is terrific scoring form Real can surely take advantage if Barca and Atletico fumble along the way.

Can't wait for 2014 to arrive.