Rubin Kazan star Kvicha Kvaratskhelia has confirmed he has held talks with Leeds as the race to sign the talented Georgian winger hots up.
Leeds are looking to build on their ninth-placed finish last season, with plans for the 2021 transfer window already well underway. Marcelo Bielsa is looking to add a left-back and a midfielder to his ranks – but they’re also said to be chasing a new winger too.
The likes of Adama Traore, Matheus Pereira and Noa Lang have all been mentioned as potential targets for Leeds this summer. But further afield, Russian-based Georgian Kvaratskhelia is also said to be catching the eye.
He is rated in the £20m bracket and has also drawn admiring glances from Bayern Munich and Juventus. However, reports back in April claimed Leeds director of football Victor Orta was also keen on the 20-year-old.
Now the winger has addressed his future and admitted he has held talks over prospective transfers.
“Negotiations are underway with many clubs. We are already in a decisive phase. Who are we negotiating with? I cannot say that,” Kvaratskhelia told Georgian publication Sportall.
Asked directly about Bielsa’s side and the winger added: “Negotiations with Leeds? Yes, they have been conducted and may resume.”
Kvaratskhelia, who can play on either wing, joined Rubin Kazan in 2019, signing a five-year deal until 2024.
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He has three goals in six appearances for his country and looks a future star.
However, the winger admits he’s most enticed by speculation linking him with Liverpool.
“I think the most interesting thing would be working with Jurgen Klopp,” he added.
Leeds eye Dutch midfielder
Leeds, meanwhile, are said to be considering an approach for Dutch midfielder Abdou Harroui, but are not his only Premier League admirer.
The Sparta Rotterdam star has been in action for the Netherlands at the European Under-21 Championship.
During that tournament, Rangers have been watching him, but they now face competition.
Leeds have now joined the chasing pack, along with fellow Premier League side Brighton.
With only one year left on his contract, Harroui will leave Sparta this summer if the right offer comes in. The report from Football Insider does not specify what that cost could be, but there are promising signs of a potential deal.
Harroui is a central midfielder who can operate in a deeper role, but still has an eye for goal. He scored six times from 33 Eredivisie starts in 2020-21.