Chelsea are currently monitoring a winger who is making a big storm on the continent so far this season…
Journalist Simon Phillips was speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Napoli sensation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, saying: “Chelsea are definitely one of many clubs that are watching him closely. I know for a fact that Chelsea have scouted him in recent games, so they’ve done fresh scouting missions on him.
“He’s certainly a player being talked about more and more at Chelsea as a potential target in the future.”
Chelsea aren’t the only team interested, fellow Premier League side Liverpool are also keen on the player. His agent Christian Emile recently stated that the Georgian’s price tag is likely to be €100m (£87m).
There is no doubt that Kvaratskhelia would be a major upgrade on Sterling, especially since the summer arrival has struggled so far this season.
The nadir of his campaign to date was undoubtedly in the Blues’ defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, with the England international being pocketed by Oleksandr Zinchenko down the flanks. Indeed, Sterling endured a torrid time, failing in five of his six attempted dribbles.
Compared to the Serie A winger, who has netted six goals and registered five assists in the same number of matches, it’s clear who would be the better option for Graham Potter right now.
The 21-year-old has generated nearly double the amount of shot-creating actions than Sterling this season (6.01 per match to 3.22) while also taking more shots per game too (3.52 to 1.71) proving that he is adjusting to life at the highest level with remarkable ease.
Potter will be aiming to strengthen the team he inherited from Thomas Tuchel in January, and while a move for the Georgian then might seem unrealistic, a summer move might well be on the cards.
Kvaratskhelia is clearly ready to test himself in the Premier League, and with plenty of European heavyweights sniffing around the youngster, Chelsea will be looking to enjoy a solid second half of the season and secure Champions League football.
Without it, they will have next to no chance of landing a player who the Napoli faithful fondly refer to as ‘Kvaradona’, a fitting homage to their prodigal son, Diego Maradona.