Serie A star stalls negotiations in wait for Barcelona – report


BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 12: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of SSC Napoli runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Lamine Yamal of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on March 12, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Having ensured the continuity of Xavi Hernandez on the bench for the next season, FC Barcelona will now have to make efforts to provide the head coach with some quality reinforcements to assemble a competitive team for the next season.

For this purpose, the club is working to achieve its goal of returning to the 1:1 rule, which would allow them to spend every Euro they generate from sales in purchasing new players.

The Catalan club’s main priority is to get a new midfield pivot in the coming summer, but other than that, Xavi also wants a winger to reinforce his attack from the left wing. In this regard, SPORT reports that Barcelona have set the Napoli forward, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as one of their targets.

Xavi was impressed by the player when his team faced Napoli in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, even though his own team was far superior to the Italians and was the clear winner of the tie.

The Georgian winger’s future is highly uncertain at the Italian club, and the next week could be crucial. His agent is expected to visit the club to negotiate with the Napoli President for a renewal, but these negotiations can easily break down as the player has other plans for his future, and is looking for a transfer.

This is where the Blaugranes come into play, as Barcelona is one of the clubs that the winger would be looking to join to advance his career. Napoli are reported to be willing to triple Kvaratskhelia’s current €1.5 million salary, but even such a rise is not going to change the player’s mind.

If Napoli are unable to qualify for the Champions League, the door will be wide open for the 23-year-old Georgian winger to leave. However, Napoli will still be in control as the player has a contract till 2027 with the club.

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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