Transfer Talk: Napoli eye new ‘Kvaradona’ deal amid Barca interest

The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for a while yet, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Barcelona tracking “Kvaradona”

Napoli are trying to renew Khvicha Kvaratskhelia‘s contract after Barcelona showed interest in signing the winger, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Kvaratskhelia’s agent, Mamuka Jugeli, has been in Naples since last weekend and is reportedly waiting on a call from club president Aurelio De Laurentiis to begin discussing the winger’s future. This comes with the 23-year-old already having a contract that runs until 2027 but wanting a salary that reflects the major increase in his status during his time with Gli Azzurri. The hope is that the situation will be sorted before he travels for a historic European Championship campaign with Georgia.

Even so, Kvaratskhelia’s entourage want €5 million per year, plus bonuses, and the outlet says De Laurentiis is unlikely to meet that figure. He could instead offer €4m plus potentially easily reachable bonuses that would take the winger to around €4.5m. Jugeli will also want assurances about Napoli’s situation as Kvaratskhelia wants to fulfil his ambitions and win trophies.

Barcelona have an interest in the 23-year-old — which could also be used in negotiations — although the Blaugrana don’t currently have the financial capacity to make a serious attempt to sign him as De Laurentiis would want between €120m and €130m for him.

Napoli have no intentions of losing Kvaratskhelia, especially as star striker Victor Osimhen is likely to depart this summer.

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PAPER GOSSIP

Atletico Madrid are willing to listen to offers for Jan Oblak as they aim to make changes to their squad in the summer transfer window, reports AS, which adds that the 31-year-old goalkeeper would favour a Premier League move if he does depart. Los Colchoneros would want to replace him with Giorgi Mamardashvili with Valencia asking for around €25m for the 23-year-old.

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah remains the priority for Al Ittihad but things are moving at a slow pace, reports Rudy Galetti. The journalist adds that this has resulted in Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son emerging as an alternative for the Saudi Arabian club.

– The Italian club that is most likely to sign Genoa forward Albert Gudmundsson is Juventus, according to Tuttosport, which says that Internazionale currently have all of their attacking slots full. Genoa don’t want to stand in the way of the 26-year-old fulfilling his ambitions so are asking for between €30m and €40m, although a Juve isn’t a certainty as the Iceland international is the topic of Premier League interest and dreams of a move to England.

Sporting CP starlet Gonçalo Inacio and Eintracht Frankfurt defender William Pacho are on the list of players that Liverpool are looking at as they aim to sign a left-footed centre-back, reports Rudy Galetti, who adds that new head coach Arne Slot will have a say in the final decision. In another tweet, Galetti mentions that 22-year-old midfielder Quinten Timber could be among the Feyenoord players to follow Slot from the Netherlands to Anfield.

CF Montreal midfielder Mathieu Choinière has requested a transfer from the MLS club, reports The Athletic. The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and negotiations regarding a renewal have halted after months without an agreement, with various rival MLS sides expected to be looking at him.