In an interview reported by Mundo Deportivo, Pablo Ceijas, agent of Napoli player Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, revealed he was close to signing for Sevilla before joining current Serie A leaders Napoli.
Ceijas recounted how Kvaratskhelia was offered to various Spanish clubs such as Valencia, Levante, and Sevilla, with an asking price of €6m. The latter club showed the most interest and were close to signing Kvaratskhelia, but sporting director Monchi decided against the move.
“There was talk of Valencia, Levante and Sevilla: around €6m. Sevilla was the club that came closest and Monchi turned him down,” said Ceija.
The Napoli man is now worth over ten times the €6m fee, which would have been a bargain, but Monchi made his decision based on his assessment that the team’s left wing was already well covered. Not long after, Napoli saw what Monchi didn’t, and snapped up the now global superstar for €11.5m from Dinamo Batumi.
Kvaratskhelia is currently spearheading the Napoli side to the title with 12 goals and assists in the league, along with a scintillating dribbling style of play all of which has earned him the nickname ‘Kvaradonna’.
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