Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia during the summer window prior to the 21-year-old joining Napoli from Dinamo Batumi.
Well-respected journalist Miguel Delaney made the claim in his Reading the Game newsletter in The Independent (12:04pm, October 7, 2022) in which he reported Tottenham were very close to the winger before Napoli made their move.
The Serie A outfit landed the talented youngster for a cut-price fee of €10million (£8.7million) from under the noses of a number of clubs, including those in north London (ESPN).
Kvaratskhelia has made an impressive start to life at Napoli having scored six goals in eleven appearances in all competitions for Luciano Spalletti’s side which also included a dazzling display in the 6-1 midweek thrashing of Ajax in midweek (transfermarkt).
Delaney wrote in his column: “Haaland isn’t the only must-watch element in European football right now. There’s also an electric Napoli team, and especially Khvicha Kvaratshkelia.
“Their form is all the more impressive given it had been anticipated this would be a transitional season for the club, after the loss of so many senior players in the summer.
“It is instead possible that the turnover, and the introduction of young players like Kvaratshkelia, might have actually perfectly suited Luciano Spalletti’s livewire approach.
“It’s of course hard to know whether it is sustainable, and this may represent a real chance for a first title since Diego Maradona and 1990, but that’s almost beside the point right now.
“They are there to be enjoyed. They are must-watch. It’s also not like no one was watching Kvaratshkelia, either. Tottenham Hotspur were very close to him in the summer.”
Tottenham and a number of other clubs will be kicking themselves for not taking a punt on Kvaratskhelia for a cut-price fee which is proving to be a bargain considering Spurs shelled out £21.6million for Bryan Gil and also sent Erik Lamela to Spain in exchange.
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