As a club that has developed a reputation for out of the box thinking, Leeds United have developed an excellent operation. Especially since Victor Orta arrived, the club has been very creative with how it scouts, finds, and signs players. While the French market is seen as an ideal hunting ground, with the likes of Romain Perraud likely to arrive from Ligue 1, other leagues are closely watched by a value-obsessed Leeds scouting team.
One such league that is gaining interest is the Russian Premier League. Some top players and interesting prospects are appearing and are being closely watched by Leeds. A new name to arise from this league hails from Rubin Kazan, and that is Georgian wing wizard Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. The youngster has been linked with numerous clubs in Germany, but it is believed that Leeds could steal a march on the rest of their suitors with the promise of regular game-time.
With the likes of club icon Pablo Hernandez likely to depart or play a tiny role in the future, Leeds need more options in the wide areas. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been linked, offering a versatile option at full-back and in midfield. However, it is Kvaratskhelia that arguably has fans most excited.
Will Leeds sign Kvaratskhelia this summer?
Although there is reported interest from Bayern Munich, it is believed that Leeds offer the most exciting project. They offer a chance to play in the Premier League in an attacking, young side and under one of the best developmental coaches in the world. Orta is believed to have already spoken closely with the representatives of the player and could see a breakthrough in negotiations in the near future.
The 20-year-old has been on the radar for some time, but his hot form in Russia has seen Leeds pick up the pace in a bid to beat others to the signing. Other clubs who have been linked include AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund. Despite lacking the profile of some of the names being suggested, Leeds can offer English football and the chance to play regularly.
With seven goals and thirteen assists since arriving in Russia in 2019, Kvaratskhelia has become an interesting talent on the European scene. He has also made an impression with his national side and is seen by most as among the most exciting Georgian players of his, or any, generation.
The only hold-up that might hurt the chance for a quick deal is the cost. Contracted until 2024, it is believed that Rubin will want in the region of €20m to complete a deal for the youngster. As such, this might mean that Leeds need to either make concessions on other targets, or make a move for a player who is part of the squad to help create the funding that is needed.
With pace, two-footed ability, and a great vision, Kvaratskhelia would be the ideal Bielsa wide attacker, and might offer a long-term option to build around as Leeds look to build a generation of Premier League ready stars.