NAPOLI superstar Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is reportedly interested in a move to Newcastle if they secure Champions League football next season.
The 22-year-old is in discussions with the Italian giants about signing a new deal – less than 12 months on from joining the club for £8.6million.
His existing contract runs until 2027 but he is earning just £26,000-a-week.
A remarkable first season has seen him rack up 13 goals and 15 assists in 29 appearances.
And while an improved deal looks to be on the cards, Kvaratskhelia, nicknamed “Kvaradona”, wants a release clause put into his contract.
Napoli are reluctant to oblige as they value their man at around £140m.
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It comes as Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain monitor his situation.
According to Football Insider, Newcastle have now entered the race to sign the Georgian international.
But Champions League qualification will dictate whether Eddie Howe’s men are in with a chance of acquiring him.
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A 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Friday evening moved them to within one point of fourth-place Tottenham with a game in hand.
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Meanwhile, Napoli are closing in on their first league title in 33 years.
Luciano Spaletti’s side sit a huge 18 points clear at the top of Serie A.
They are also in with a chance of winning the Champions League as they prepare to take on AC Milan in the quarter-finals.
But they do face losing their two biggest stars in the summer, with Kvaratskhelia and striker Victor Osimhen both linked with moves away.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk