Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s agent has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur tried to sign the Rubin Kazan star during this summer’s transfer window.
Kvaratskhelia has developed into one of the most exciting talents in Russian football since joining Kazan as a teenager back in 2019.
The winger scored four goals and provided eight assists in the Russian Premier League last season and his performances allegedly attracted the interest of several big clubs from across Europe during the summer transfer window.
Spurs and AC Milan were allegedly eyeing moves for the Georgian international, who was thought to be valued by Kazan at around €18m (£15.5m).
Additionally, Kvaratskhelia’s father said in early summer his son was “100 per cent” certain to leave Russian football behind.
Kvaratskhelia’s agent Timur Gurtskaya has now admitted that the 20-year-old did seriously consider leaving Kazan during the summer. He named Tottenham, Juventus and Crystal Palace as three clubs who wanted to snap up the winger.
Timur Gurtskaya told Russian outlet Sport Business: “In May, I said Khvicha had to leave. It was already in his heart he had left. It was hard for him to come back.
“As far as I know, Khvicha was torn between the fact he needed to stay (in Rubin) and what his father told him.
“We are talking about a very young boy about whom everyone sang praises. They said all the clubs in the world wanted him.
“Juventus and Tottenham! It blows the roof off. Then, there was talk about not so big teams – Crystal Palace. He thought about it for four months.”
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It seems pretty clear that Fabio Paratici wanted to add another winger to the squad, not just due to the Kvaratskhelia links but also given the speculation over a potential move for Traore in the final weeks of the transfer window.
It thus stands to reason that it is a position that Tottenham will look to strengthen in January, having failed to do so in the summer.
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