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ESPN: Chelsea in race to sign Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Chelsea have reportedly joined the chase for highly-rated Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who comes with a €100 million (£87m/$109m) price tag.

Chelsea have joined the list of clubs tracking Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to ESPN.

The English club are now one of several top clubs including Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Newcastle United to have indicated an interest in the Georgian winger.

The 22-year-old scored 14 goals and registered 17 assists in 43 games as Napoli won their first Serie A title for the first time in more than 30 years, thereby placing a number of admirers on him following such a blistering campaign.

A move for Kvaratskhelia would be in line with Chelsea’s strategy of pursuing young players with big potential considering he falls into the age bracket.

However, Napoli are in a strong position to resist any formal offers given the Georgian winger is contracted to the club until 2027 and talks are said to be progressing well over a new contract on improved terms.

Sources have indicated Napoli value Kvaratskhelia in excess of €100 million ($124.8m) and although Chelsea would not be put off by that valuation in theory, they have minimal headroom within Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Additionally, their 2024 budget will depend on various factors including which — if any — European competition they qualify for next season.

Chelsea also have other priorities in the transfer market with the club eyeing Kvaratskhelia’s Napoli teammate Victor Osimhen among a list of forwards which also includes Ivan Toney from Brentford.

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