Leeds United may be in the market for another winger this summer – and their search may have taken them to Russia.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has become a hot prospect with Rubin Kazan, and it looks like Leeds are now keen to bring him to England.
Soccer.ru claim that Leeds want to sign Kvaratskhelia, and Victor Orta has already met with the player’s representatives to discuss a potential move.
A work permit could be a problem, and the report notes that Inter Milan, Napoli, Atalanta, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Monaco, AC Milan and Juventus are also interested.
That means Leeds face a major battle to sign Kvaratskhelia, but it’s hard not to be very excited about his future having shown huge promise with Rubin.
Kvaratskhelia is a skilful winger with outstanding dribbling ability, meaning he he unsurprisingly been tabbed as ‘the Georgian Messi’.
The 20-year-old has excelled this term with four goals and eight assists, and having him cut inside from the left flank with Raphinha on the right could give Leeds an unbelievable wing tandem.
Winning the race won’t be easy, and Leeds would seemingly have to cough up a huge fee to land him, at least according to Rubin sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky.
“Our price for Khvicha is 30 million euros,” Yarovinsky is quoted as saying by Sputnik, meaning Leeds would have to cough up £26million.
That would put him close to the fee Leeds paid for Rodrigo last summer and more expensive than Rio Ferdinand, so Orta and co have plenty to think about after hearing those demands.