Milan Have a Leg up on Competition for Touted Georgian Starlet

Milan are among the many European teams chasing after Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. They have an advantage because former Milan player Kakhaber Kaladze is pushing his young compatriot in their direction. The former defender turned into a politician and is the mayor of Tbilisi. He has taken an interest in the next move of the starlet, suggesting the Rossoneri as an ideal destination, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

Directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara have been tracking the 20-year-old attacker for a few months. The Elliott fund has always prioritized the acquisition of talented youngsters. Kvaratskhelia has tallied 7 goals and 13 assists in 52 appearances with Rubin Kazan. He particularly turned heads across Europe when he scored against Spain with Georgia in April.

The right-footed winger can feature on either flank and is well-known for his runs. He debuted when he was 16 with Dinamo Tbilisi. The Russian club, which signed him on a free in 2019, wants €18/20M to sell him. They rejected a €15M from Galatasaray last year. Milan are keeping tabs on the attacker, but they have not opened a negotiation yet.

The Rossoneri need to sell a winger or two before adding another piece. Samu Castillejo is on the radar of multiple Spain sides, but he has not moved yet. Eintracht Frankfurt are pursuing Jens-Petter Hauge, but the two clubs differ on his evaluation. Kvaratskhelia would be at the top of their list of options if there were some departures, the outlet adds. Milan would have a big ally in Kaladze in the prospective deal.