The perplexing tale of Napoli striker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s potential move to Valencia is one of intrigue and missed opportunities. Despite being touted as a supremely talented player, the Spanish side twice decided against signing him for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, citing different reasons each time.
Recently, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis spoke of the club’s ambitions to win the Champions League and declared Kvaratskhelia and Osimhen as “untouchable” players who would be staying with the team. However, it’s worth noting that the Georgian international could have had the chance to showcase his talents elsewhere before joining Napoli.
According to the publication ‘Marca’, Kvaratskhelia was offered to Valencia on two occasions – the first being in March 2021 when he was visiting Spain to play for the Georgian national team. Numerous clubs, including AC Milan, Juventus, and Borussia Dortmund, sent scouts to watch him. However, Valencia’s Sporting director, Miguel Corona, ultimately ruled out his transfer, questioning Kvaratskhelia’s level of play as he had only competed in 18 matches for Rubin Kazan.
The second opportunity arose in March 2022 when the Georgian became a free agent due to FIFA regulations on foreign players belonging to Russian clubs. Valencia had an opening in their squad but once again rejected Kvaratskhelia’s offer. As a result, the Napoli player returned to his home country to play for Dinamo Batumi before joining Napoli for €11 million in the summer of 2022. A perplexing tale of missed opportunities and intriguing twists and turns.