Leeds United target Kvicha Kvaratskhelia has confirmed he has held talks with the club [Sportall via TEAMTalk].
The Lowdown: Leeds look for Pablo Hernandez replacement
After an impressive ninth placed Premier League finish, Leeds have seemingly turned their attention towards the transfer market and the Georgia international.
Currently, he plies his trade for Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan and has done since 2019 [Transfermarkt].
However, much-loved winger Pablo Hernandez is set to depart Elland Road at 36-years-old, meaning Marcelo Bielsa will likely hunt for a suitable replacement to bolster squad depth ahead of 2021/22.
Leeds have also been recently been linked with Rangers wide-man Ryan Kent, as their pursuit of a wide-player hots up [Leeds Live].
The Latest: Talks with ‘many clubs’ are at a ‘decisive phase’; Could Leeds be one of them?
Speaking to Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2, Kvaratskhelia lifted the lid on his potential next move, claiming:
“Negotiations are underway with many clubs. We are already in a decisive phase.”
“Who are we negotiating with? I cannot say that. Negotiations with Leeds? Yes, they have been conducted and may resume.” [Sportall via TeamTALK].
The Verdict: Huge potential
Undoubtedly, acquiring Kvaratskhelia would provoke excitement amongst the Leeds United support. In a stellar campaign for Rubin Kazan, the 20-year-old has offered up 12 goal contributions in 23 fixtures; four goals and eight assists [Transfermarkt].
His completed dribble rate stands at around 3.4 per match [WhoScored]. This shows Kvaratskhelia’s ability not only to entertain but take games by the scruff of the neck and advance the ball into dangerous positions aggressively; a key hallmark of Bielsa’s usual preferred game plan.
Adept at playing on either side of the attack, he already has considerable pedigree under his belt having made eight appearances for the senior Georgia side, scoring three times [Transfermarkt].
With plenty room for further development, Leeds United could do a lot worse than signing the Georgian prodigy as they look to bolster their winger ranks.
In other news, there has been an update on Leeds United’s interest in a reported target.
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