Khvicha Kvaratskhelia celebrates after scoring for Napoli against Sassuolo. (Credit: AFP)
Rumours claim that Newcastle United have submitted a club-record offer for Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as the Magpies look to build their squad further.
Premier League side Newcastle United have reportedly made a club-record bid of 95 million euro for Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
Newcastle are keen on building their squad for the upcoming season following an unexpected season where the club finished fourth in the Premier League and secured Champions League qualification.
The Georgian international Kvaratskhelia had a season for the ages as one of the most exciting breakout stars that Serie A has had in decades.
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The 22-year-old helped Napoli clinch the Seria A in dominant fashion as they steamrolled their opponents to win the league by a comfortable margin of 16 points.
The craze for Kvaratskhelia took over not just the city of Naples, but the entire nation of Georgia as well. Every Napoli home game has seemingly hundreds of Georgian fans in the stands. Not only are fans flying from the capital, Tbilisi to Naples on a weekly basis, but he’s filling theatres in his native homeland every single time Napoli plays.
Kvaratskhelia ended the illustrious campaign with 12 goals and 13 assists under his name.
His skillful dribbling, eye for goal and chance-creation ability had attracted major interest from Europe, as clubs lined up to acquire the services of the crafty Georgian.
The Magpies’ owners are hoping to continue the progress after what can only be called an over-achieving season.
Now, they look forward to adding more depth and European talent to their rank as the club will be returning to the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is looking to strengthen his squad with Champions League football on the agenda next season. The Magpies have already signed midfielder Sandro Tonali from AC Milan for 55 million pounds and look set to tap into the Italian market once more.
Despite Napoli stating their interest in retaining the Georgian, a big offer might just sway the club to give up Kvaratskhelia who was signed from Dinamo Batumi for a mere 11.5 million euros last season.