Napoli attacker Kvicha Kvaratskhelia has emerged as a potential transfer target for Arsenal this summer.

According to Football Transfers, Arsenal are interested in signing Kvicha Kvaratskhelia. It is thought that the Gunners’ existing relationship with Napoli sporting director, Mauro Meluso, could help facilitate a move.

Meluso played a key role in the deal that brought Jakub Kiwior to the Emirates Stadium, prior to him taking on his new role with Napoli.

Arsenal may well be keen to see if they’re in a position to take advantage of a potential head-start in the race for Kvaratskhelia’s signature.

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Whilst Napoli will be reluctant to sell, it will be interesting to see if their resolve could be tested by a serious bid. It certainly would be a serious bid that’s needed. Arsenal would possibly have to part with more than the club-record £105 million they recently shelled out for Declan Rice. 

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Who is Kvicha Kvaratskhelia?

Kvaratskhelia is one of the most highly regarded wide attackers in world football. He won’t come cheap.

Journalist Nika Kevkishvili has said of the Georgian forward, “players like Kvara come along every 50 years…Physically, technically and mentally, he is amazing…He is a really special, generational, world-class talent,” as quoted by The Herald.

The 22-year-old showed his brilliance in Serie A last season. Kvaratskhelia produced 12 goals and 13 assists to help Napoli on their way to winning the club’s first league title since the Diego Maradona-inspired triumph of 1990. Kvaratskhelia has been likened to the Argentine great many times, and has been given the nickname ‘Kvaradona’ in Naples.

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Can the Gunners get a deal done?

Signing the 22-cap Georgia international would be huge for Arsenal. It would represent a seismic statement of intent from the North London club. How Mikel Arteta would balance a squad featuring the likes of Kvaratskhelia, Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard, Emile Smith Rowe, and Bukayo Saka would be another matter.

Another issue is one of how realistic this all is. Given how much money Napoli would want, and how much Arsenal have already spent this summer, on top of the fact that the Gunners are already strong in that part of the pitch, fans of the English club probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.

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