Chelsea transfers: Mario Melchiot welcomes Koke reports

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot describes Koke as an 'excellent midfielder'

Mario Melchiot has described Chelsea target Koke as an “great midfielder” amid reports the Blues want to sign the Atletico Madrid star.

The Premier League leaders are speculated to be ready to make a big-money offer for the Spanish midfielder as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his midfield options.

According to reports, Chelsea are willing to use Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis as a make-weight in any potential deal following the defender’s struggles since his £19m switch from Los Rojiblancos last summer.

Melchiot, who spent five seasons at Stamford Bridge, gave his thoughts on the transfer speculation as the retired Netherlands international answered fans’ questions on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

Koke has scored two goals and has made nine assists in 28 La Liga appearances this season, racking up an exhausting 2,344 minutes of top-flight action.

The Spain international was part of Diego Simeone’s side that won the La Liga crown and finished as Champions League runners-up last term.

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