Barcelona set to keep a keen eye on Napoli star during their UCL clash

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Barcelona target Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
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Having gotten back to winning ways with a 1-2 victory over Celta Vigo, FC Barcelona now have an even sterner test waiting for them as they visit Italy to face Napoli in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Fortunately for the Catalans, Napoli are not going through a very favorable period of time, and the Naples club is currently considering whether they should continue going forward with the current coach, Walter Mazzarri.

However, as Mundo Deportivo has noted, the Blaugranes will still have to be wary about one player in particular in their upcoming match, i.e., Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, who is proving himself to be a top player at Napoli this season and is also liked by Barcelona.

The Catalans are looking to reinforce their left winger for the next season, and one of the names they have on their list is Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian forward is currently the second-highest scorer, with six goals, and second-highest assist provider, with three assists, for the Italian club this season.

However, it is not his numbers in the final third that make him so formidable, as his ability to progress the ball by dribbling is his strongest area. He has shown this ability on the highest level, as he had the highest number of dribbles (46) in the Champions League group stage, thus surpassing the likes of Kylian Mbappe (44) and Rafael Leao (36).

The 23-year-old has publicly declared his desire to play for Real Madrid in the past, but the presence of Vinicius Junior and the possible arrival of Kylian Mbappe can make it extremely difficult for him to fulfill his dream.

Thus, with FC Barcelona already interested in him, he will have the chance to show the Catalans just what they can get if they opt to pursue the 23-year-old Georgian winger in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

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