Chelsea are scouting Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
The Lowdown: Hot property
Kvaratskhelia has become one of the most sought-after talents after he burst onto the scene with an incredible Champions League debut performance against Liverpool, bagging an assist and a 7.7 rating from WhoScored.
He’s garnered plenty of interest from the European elite since arriving in Naples, with the Blues now on the tail of the star whose value has risen from €15m (£13.1m) in May to €35m (£30.6m) currently.
The Latest: Chelsea interested
According to journalist Simon Phillips, the West Londoners are discussing whether to bring the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea are definitely one of many clubs that are watching him closely. I know for a fact that Chelsea have scouted him in recent games, so they’ve done fresh scouting missions on him.
“He’s certainly a player being talked about more and more at Chelsea as a potential target in the future,” he said.
Arriving for only €10m (£8.7m) in Southern Italy, Gli Azzurri have shown just how brilliant he’s been by slapping an £86m price tag on the star who’s been dubbed ‘Kvaradona’ by the Napoli fans after the legendary Diego Maradona, just six months after he joined.
The Verdict: Get him in
A player of the quality and excitement that the 19-cap Georgian possesses is incredibly hard to come by, dubbed as “magic” by football author Karen Tejwani, it’s no surprise either with his 18 goal involvements in 17 games a key reason that Gli Azzurri top both the Serie A and Group A of the Champions League.
He’s been nothing short of sensational with him sitting in the top 7% of non-penalty goals and top 2% of assists amongst fellow wingers, with 0.51 and 0.58 per game respectively.
He embarrasses current Chelsea stars Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz in almost every metric on FBref bar his shot-on-target percentage which is lower than both the Blues forwards, purely indicative of the number of shots he has a game which is 4.01, which is within the top 1% in Europe.
As such, it’s clear to see that Kvaratskhelia would be a worthwhile signing for the Blues, even if he’s commanding an absurd fee.