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Everton join Leeds United in the race for Rubin Kazan forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

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According to TV dello Sport journalist Rudy Galetti, Everton and Leeds United are going head to head for the signature of Rubin Kazan forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia this summer.

The 20-year-old is looking to leave the Russian outfit before next season, and he is available for around €20/25 million with three years still left on his current contract.

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The Georgian prodigy admits to have held talks with Leeds, but is relishing working under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

With Kvaratskhelia dreaming of playing for the Reds, whether a move to Everton would appeal to him remains to be seen.

The Merseyside outfit and their Elland Road counterparts are not the only ones interested in the youngster, with Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Napoli, Atalanta, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Monaco, AC Milan and Juventus also keen. Kvaratskhelia emerged as Georgian Footballer of the Year in 2020 and was named Russian Premier League Best Young Player in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and it is not surprising to see Everton and Leeds keen.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow winger ended last season with four goals and four assists in 23 league games last term after being involved in five goals in 27 games in 2019-20. He impressed scouts during a World Cup qualifier against Spain in March, bagging a goal and proving impossible to handle for their defence due to his dribbling skills. Kvaratskhelia needs to move to a club where his development will be prioritized, and Everton and Leeds could offer him that chance ahead of the bigwigs.

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