Reported Leeds United and Tottenham target Kvicha Kvaratskhelia should leave Rubin Kazan for a major European league this summer, Russian Premier League ace Gia Grigalava told Sport24.
While Rubin have sold one of their star players since the end of last season – Carl Starfelt made a £4 million move to Celtic earlier in July – it feels increasingly likely that Kvaratskhelia will still be strutting his stuff at the Kazan Arena come September.
And you would have got long odds on that happening a few weeks ago.
Kvaratskhelia, the fleet-footed Georgian winger, has already admitted that he had held talks regarding a potential move to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
Tottenham have also been linked, despite the arrival of another talented young winger in the shape of Spain international Bryan Gil.
His father, meanwhile, was ‘100 per cent’ certain that the Tibilsi-born 20-year-old had played his final game in the deep maroon shirt of Rubin.
Are Leeds and Tottenham going to wait for Kvaratskhelia?
Although optimism appears to be growing at his current club, with Kvaratshkelia playing a key role in Leonid Slutsky’s pre-season plans, not everyone feels that a player likened to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery due to his speed and skill would be better off staying put for one more year.
“If you ask for advice, I will tell you my opinion,” said Grigalava, a teammate of Kvaratskhelia for the Georgian national team.
“He’d better leave now. The earlier the better. He is completely ready for Europe.”
According to Sport Express, that £20 million price-tag is hanging like a stone around Kvaratshkelia’s neck with Leeds, Tottenham and AC Milan seemingly harbouring doubts about paying such a fee for a man who has only ever plied his trade in Russia and Georgia.
Everton were also linked with Kvaratskhelia recently, although director Marcel Brands quickly scotched those rumours.