Russian outlet Soccer.Ru have claimed that Leeds United are one of 10 European sides looking to sign Rubin Kazan sensation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia this summer, with Victor Orta said to have already staged talks with the player’s representative. It is claimed that the Georgia international would cost a fee in the region of £17.5million.
Leeds already have numerous options out wide. Jack Harrison is expected to complete a permanent move to Leeds from Man City in the region of £11million while Raphinha continues to shine in his first season in the Premier League. Helder Costa and Ian Poveda provide cover, while Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski can also play out wide – though used elsewhere.
Kvaratskhelia has been excellent for Russian side Kazan in what has been a breakthrough season. Clocking up 23 league games, the Georgian ace has had a hand in 12 goals – scoring four himself and laying on eight assists. He has also become a regular at international level, and that form has not gone unnoticed on the European stage ahead of the summer window.
The report states that Leeds have been joined by Inter Milan, Napoli, Atalanta, Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Monaco, Juventus and AC Milan in the race for Kvaratskhelia – but that Leeds director of football Orta has already staged talks with the player’s agent. It is believed that Kazan will accept offers in the region of £17.5million in the coming months.
However, the report offers some insight into why a move to the Premier League might be tricky. Firstly, it states that England’s top tier might come too soon for the winger – and that obtaining a work permit might have some obstacles. The potential of a move and then going out on loan is labelled a “bad idea”. He has a contract at Kazan until the summer of 2024.