Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is one of the most exciting players in world football right now and many clubs, including Newcastle United are eyeing a potential move for the winger in the summer but Napoli want to keep him in Italy.
Napoli are runaway Serie A league leaders thanks to the exploits of two players linked with Premier League moves this summer, Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Newcastle are keeping tabs on both, but Napoli will be determined to keep their star players in order to build on their success this season. That’s why then, both players have been slapped with massive asking prices.
Now it seems that the Serie A league leaders are to offer Kvara a new deal worth £2.6million a season according to Calciomercato.
Newcastle are joined by the likes of PSG, Chelsea and Real Madrid in their pursuit of the 22-year-old Georgian winger. While Napoli are keen to tie Kvara down to a new deal, it’s understood that they may be willing to listen to offers of around £100million.
While that might look like a steep fee, the player we’d be getting for that money would make it seem like we’d robbed Napoli. Since signing for the Naples side for just £8.8million in the summer, Kvara has notched 14 goals and 15 assists in 30 games across all competitions. A truly mind-blowing return. In doing so he became the first ever player to hit 10 goals and 10 assists in his first season in Serie A.
The price tag may be the least of Newcastle’s concerns, however as Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio told Kelbet (via The Sun): “I don’t think Kvaratskhelia can leave Napoli. He has only been there for one season and it is really unlikely that the club will sell him”.
He added that if Osimhen, whose contract expires in June 2025, leaves, then they “do not need to sell Kvaratskhelia”.
Kvaratskhelia has been hailed as ‘breathtaking to watch‘ by Owen Hargreaves and labelled as the ‘most exciting player in Europe‘ by Jamie Carragher.
It seems the odds are stacked against Newcastle landing Kvara this summer, but just to be linked with him shows the level of ambition the club has right now, and if we were to actually lure him to Tyneside you’d likely not see a bigger transfer story this summer.