An update has emerged on Leeds target Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, regarding his current value at Rubin Kazan.
Football agent Timur Gurtskaya has claimed that Leeds United transfer target Kvaratskhelia’s value has dropped down significantly after he failed to secure a summer move.
Gurtskaya believes that his price is plummeting as his form has taken a turn for the worse after Rubin Kazan refused to cash in on him in the previous transfer window.
“Nobody signs Khvicha. His price is steadily falling.
“They asked for €20 million because, in the spring, he was on fire. Everyone then shouted that any English team would buy him, given they were scattering €30 million to €40 million to the left and to the right.
“But, in fact, no-one took him. Now he plays badly. Now, no-one will pay more than €10 million to €12 million.”
To put that into pounds, he’d be worth around £8.5m.
Leeds must secure a deal for Kvaratskhelia as they could pick up a bargain in the January window if Gurtskaya is correct and he could be signed for as low as the price being touted.
Transfermarkt value him at £16.20m and that suggests that Victor Orta could strike gold with a move for him if they are able to reach an agreement with Rubin Kazan near the figures Gurtskaya has named.
Although the football agent has said that Kvaratskhelia’s poor form has made his value drop, this should not be a cause for concern for Leeds. At the age of 20, inconsistency should be expected and there is plenty of time left for him to continue developing as a player.
Former Zenit and Hertha Berlin player Denis Bushuev once compared him to two of the great wingers in the 21st century, claiming that the midfielder could play in the Bundesliga. He said:
“Naturally. He is from the same galaxy of players as Ribery or Robben. He could have played in the top five Bundesliga clubs – he has crazy technique and infestation at the goal. There were few such players in the German championship, so Khvicha could play here.”
This highlights the potential he has as a player, which is another reason why Leeds should sign him.
Marcelo Bielsa has already proven that he can coach players into reaching their potential, with Illan Meslier an excellent case-in-point. The Frenchman’s value has risen 344% in one year at Elland Road and the Argentine could do a similar job with Kvaratskhelia.
Bielsa could sculpt him into becoming Raphinha 2.0 for Leeds. The Brazilian gem has caught the eye with his excellent performances in the Premier League, with nine goals and nine assists since the start of last season, cutting inside onto his stronger left foot from the right wing. This is something Kvaratskhelia could replicate if Leeds sign him, especially when you consider his dazzling dribbling numbers of 2.1 per game.
The Georgia international is listed as being strong with both of his feet, rather than having a preferred one, which means that Bielsa could coach him to play on the left and have the ability to come on the inside – like Raphinha – or go on the outside to cross the ball.
Therefore, he could be an excellent project for the head coach to work on over time and potentially become the club’s next wing wizard, as Raphinha is now.