Fabrizio Romano has revealed on the Here We Go podcast that Tottenham Hotspur director of football Fabio Paratici was interested in Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
While some Spurs fans may still point to the fact that more could have been done over the summer in terms of a creative midfielder, which they clearly lacked as they fell to a 2-0 defeat in the Champions League in midweek.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that it’s emerged that Paratici was looking at bringing in Georgia international Kvaratskhelia over the summer, after reportedly trying to sign him during his time at Juventus as well, according to Romano, who claimed he was seemingly a target for Spurs over the summer.
He said: “Tottenham director Fabio Paratici tried to sign Khvicha Kvaratskhelia from Rubin Kazan in the past. It’s something that he tried to do at Juventus before leaving the club, he was really tempted by this possibility.
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“Also, at Tottenham, he explored this possibility, but then because of the price tag – it was €30m – and also because of the work permit, it was not an easy deal, so it didn’t happen for Kvaratskhelia to Tottenham.”
TIF Thoughts on Spurs’ interest in Kvaratskhelia…
While not many people will have taken notice of Kvaratskhelia when he joined Napoli in the summer for just £9m, the way he’s taken the Champions League by storm this season has been incredible to watch.
The Georgian now has six goal involvements across all competitions already, which includes four strikes domestically and one assist in the Champions League – perhaps proving why Spurs were right to be chasing him over the summer.
However, with Tottenham seemingly crying out for some creativity – especially after their recent defeat – fans will surely be asking why they were put off by Kvaratskhelia’s price tag if it was, as Romano claims, around £26m.