Rubin Kazan’s sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky has admitted that two Premier League clubs showed interest in rumoured Tottenham target Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and the winger was ‘very disappointed not to get a move.
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 (Transfermarkt) 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 last summer, with Sempre Milan revealing that the winger was valued at around €18m (£15.5m) at the time.
Kvaratskhelia’s agent Timur Gurtskaya subsequently revealed that the 20-year-old did seriously consider leaving Kazan during the summer, naming Spurs among the clubs who showed interest in his client (Sport Business).
Yarovinsky has now confirmed that Premier League clubs did show interest in Kvaratskhelia but added that no final offer was made for the player.
Kazan’s director told Sport24: “One (of his suitors) is the top club in the Bundesliga, and two top clubs in the Premier League. If one of them came up with a final offer for Khvicha, we would sell him one hundred per cent. But they didn’t.
“Khvicha is a super-talented football player who will definitely move to a top European club. I told him (in the summer); ‘If there is an offer, we will let you go.’
“I understand (why he’s upset to miss out on a transfer). When you’ve watched these leagues in your childhood and you think that you have a real opportunity to go there, but no one comes for you, it’s very disappointing.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Kvaratskhelia is an exceptionally talented dribbler but the jury he is still out on whether he would be able to replicate his success in one of Europe’s top leagues.
The youngster has plenty of time to improve and evolve into a finished product given that he is just 20 years of age.
However, like the Bryan Gil signing in the summer, Spurs would be taking a gamble if they moved for the Georgian.
He likely cannot be expected to have an instant impact on the first team. For that reason, I doubt if the Kazan star will be on the North Londoners’ radar.
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