Manchester United ‘send scouts to watch Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’ and more transfer rumours

Manchester United scouts were apparently in attendance for Georgia’s 3-1 defeat by Spain on Sunday to get a close-up view of Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

The 22-year-old was instrumental in Napoli’s run to the Scudetto last season and has scored 17 goals and registered 22 assists in his 58 games since joining the club in July 2022. Kvaratskhelia netted for Georgia in the Euro 2028 qualifying defeat to Spain, his 15th goal in 28 caps.

According to 90min, United representatives were at the game, suggesting that he may be on Erik ten Hag’s radar. Jadon Sancho could leave permanently by next summer if his fall out with the United manager continues and so Ten Hag could look for a new winger.

A wide man is not among the four areas United initially were looking at reinforcing but plans may change amid Sancho’s situation. ChelseaManchester City and Newcastle have all also been linked with Kvaratskhelia.

However, the report says Napoli are set to put up a fight with Victor Osimhen of interest to other clubs. If he does leave, the Italians may hike the price for Kvaratskhelia in a bid to ward off potential suitors. The player’s contract runs until 2027 and so he would not be cheap regardless.

Meanwhile, Sport Italia reports that Juventus are in contact with Sancho over a loan deal. The exiled attacker is expected to be loaned out in January and could be sold in the summer should the stand off with Ten Hag continue.

Rumours suggest Juventus are willing to pay part of his wages and the club remain in the picture even if United took a sale-only stance. It is claimed Sancho is not entertaining a move to Saudi Arabia despite multiple links.

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