Arsenal emerge as contenders to sign Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
Arsenal, in a surprising turn of events, have emerged as potential contenders to secure the services of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia from Napoli, thanks to two factors that could work in their favor, as per a recent report.
Kvaratskhelia’s debut season with Napoli was nothing short of extraordinary, earning him the title of Serie A’s Most Valuable Player and the Champions League’s Young Player of the Season for 2022-23. His impressive performance saw him deliver more assists than any other player in the Italian top flight, gaining recognition as one of the world’s most in-form players. Follow your favourite Serie A team with attractive betting odds from Empire777.
Napoli has been well aware of the interest in Kvaratskhelia’s talents this summer and has made efforts to secure him with a new contract, which inevitably comes with a high asking price for any potential transfer. Despite this, reports suggest that Arsenal is willing to test Napoli’s resolve.
Football Transfers revealed that Arsenal has expressed interest in Kvaratskhelia, and in their pursuit to sign him, they might need to break their transfer record for the second time this summer, following the acquisition of Declan Rice from West Ham for a staggering £105 million.
However, Arsenal has reasons to be hopeful in their pursuit. Firstly, they believe that Napoli may be more open to significant offers for Kvaratskhelia if Victor Osimhen remains with the club. Secondly, Napoli’s recent appointment of Mauro Meluso as their new sporting director could work in Arsenal’s favor, considering Meluso tipped them off about Jakub Kiwior, whom they signed in January.
Napoli, on the other hand, remains adamant that Kvaratskhelia is not for sale, much like Osimhen. To sway Napoli’s stance, Arsenal would need to demonstrate serious intent.
Nonetheless, Napoli remains optimistic about extending Kvaratskhelia’s contract, hoping to see him flourish in his second season with the club. However, competition for positions might be fierce, as the young talent primarily played as a left-winger in the 2022-23 campaign, a position already occupied by Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard.
Newcastle is also among the suitors vying for Kvaratskhelia’s signature this summer, thanks to their significant financial backing. Although the prospect of Arsenal securing his signing may seem far-fetched, it remains an intriguing development worth monitoring.
Both Arsenal and Newcastle have secured Champions League participation for the upcoming season, which could be enticing for Kvaratskhelia as he contemplates his move to a new club.
Napoli has already experienced the loss of one of their influential 2022 signings, with Bayern Munich triggering the release clause of defender Kim Min-jae. Losing Kvaratskhelia after their standout season would be another significant blow for Napoli, particularly after their remarkable run reminiscent of the Diego Maradona era. Get the latest updates from the world of sports only on Empire777 Sports.