The race for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is heating up.

The Daily Star says Liverpool and Manchester United will face competition from Italian giants AC Milan in the race to sign Spanish star Koke.

Liverpool and United are readying bids to activate Koke's £16m release clause, inserted into his contract, in the upcoming January transfer window.

However according to reports in Spain, Milan have entered the race to sign Atletico's most prized asset and will offer Koke a £3.5m-a-season salary to join the club.

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