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Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City battling to sign "the most impressive player in Europe"

Ryan Smart

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Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City battling to sign "the most impressive player in Europe"

Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea are all interested in signing Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to reports.

Signed in the summer from Georgian side Dinamo Batumi, the 21-year-old rising star has made a superb start to life in Italy.

He has scored four goals and provided six assists in 12 Serie A appearances, as well as impressing on a European stage.

In the Champions League, Kvaratskhelia contributed two goals and three assists to a successful group campaign, which saw Napoli top their group on goal difference ahead of Liverpool.

His performances have earned the praise of none other than AC Milan legend Kaka, who said of the winger in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia): "He is very good, a nice surprise. Too bad he and Haaland can't make the World Cup.

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"Fantasy always surprises, the player who finds solutions that others don't see makes the difference."

One of the Georgia international's biggest strengths is his ability to dribble past players in one vs one situations, and he causes opposition full-backs plenty of problems. He is also skilful when cutting inside and creating goalscoring opportunities for himself or other players.

It will, therefore, as Kaka says, be a disappointment that the 21-year-old will not be at the World Cup, with Georgia failing to qualify.

However, whilst the tournament is ongoing, it appears a number of teams may be preparing bids for his services.

Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea keen on Kvaratskhelia

According to the Evening Standard, Liverpool and Chelsea are both targeting the signing of Kvaratskhelia.

However, they have been warned by his agent, Christian Emile, that it could take €100 million to prize the player away from Naples - and the Serie A table-toppers won't be selling him in January.

Man City had previously been credited with an interest, with all three clubs seemingly set to go head-to-head.

Prominent football journalist, Pete O'Rourke, meanwhile, believes the Georgian star would be the ideal signing for Jurgen Klopp and the Reds.

He told GiveMeSport: "He would be a huge signing. He has probably been the most impressive player in Europe this season for Napoli, especially in the Champions League."

It is that form that means Luciano Spalletti's side, who are currently eight points clear in Serie A, having gone unbeaten in 15 games, will be desperate to keep hold of one of their star assets.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Napoli, Transfers

Ryan Smart
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