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‘A lie’: Director now denies claims that ‘special’ £9m man is joining Liverpool or Man City 

‘A lie’: Director now denies claims that ‘special’ £9m man is joining Liverpool or Man City 

The Serie A club’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli tells Sport Express that reports linking Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City with a move for Napoli sensation Kvicha Kvaratskhelia are false.

Remember when Napoli fans threatened to march onto Aurelio de Laurentiis’ lawn, blaming the club’s owner for what they perceived to be a lack of ambition in the transfer market?

While Kim Min-Jae, Giovanni Simeone, Giacomo Raspadori, and the electrifying Kvaratskhelia may not have been the most glamorous or high-profile additions on paper, Napoli’s remarkable run of 12 wins in 14 games across all competitions has many a critic eating humble pie.

Kvaratskhelia, a £9 million signing from Dinamo Batumi in Georgia, has been arguably the biggest revelation in European football this season, with exhilarating performances in both Serie A and the Champions League making Leeds, Tottenham, and Everton fans wish they could turn back the clock.

According to Calciomercato, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are already threatening to put Napoli’s resolve to the test. Even if either club called, Guintoli would quickly hang up the phone.

“Not true! This is a lie,” the sporting director says, responding to those Liverpool and City links. “We have no desire to sell Kvaratskhelia.” 

Likened to a young Mo Salah and dubbed “special” by Real Madrid’s former Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, this old-school left-winger has 15 goals and assists in 14 games for Luciano Spalletti’s Scudetto contenders.

Yuri Semin, Kvaratskhelia’s former Lokomotiv Moscow coach, is not surprised to see the Georgia international linked with some of Europe’s true A-listers.

“If these clubs are keen, it means that Khvicha deserves it! What is there to be surprised about?,” Semin quips (SE). 

Napoli, led by Kvaratskhelia, are top of Serie A and chasing their first Scudetto since 1990. Il Partenopei have also won all four of their Champions League games so far. Kvaratskhelia has torn apart Liverpool, Ajax, and Rangers on the biggest stages.

‘A lie’: Director now denies claims that ‘special’ £9m man is joining Liverpool or Man City 

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