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PSG offer €80 million for Barcelona winger target

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Barcelona are on the hunt for a new forward, with an emphasis being laid on the left-wing position.

The Catalans are eyeing a dynamic winger who can take on defenders, as they recognize their lack of options on the left flank.

To that end, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has long been in the club’s crosshairs.

The Georgian winger has reportedly dreamed of donning the Blaugrana jersey and his absence from the Champions League next season has strengthened links.

PSG’s entrance in the race complicates matter

Now, La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo) have published a report stating that Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to have entered the race to sign Kvaratskhelia.

PSG, set to enjoy financial freedom after parting ways with Mbappe, are said to be offering €80 million for Kvaratskhelia, his current valuation at Napoli.

PSG bound? (Photo by GIORGI ARJEVANIDZE/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, is keen to keep him on board and is contemplating raising his salary to €4 million a season along with adding a release clause.

Whatever the result, the financial implications of this seem daunting for Barcelona, who are bound to struggle to match those numbers during these trying times.

Other alternatives

Although Kvaratskhelia’s arrival seems improbable, Barcelona are still interested in tricky wingers like Nico Williams, Dani Olmo, and Xavi Simons.

Simons arguably possesses the highest chance of joining Barça this summer, considering he has the option to choose his destination on loan and is eager to reunite with his boyhood club.

His strengths in midfield and as a left-winger also appeal to coach Xavi Hernandez, who would be open to signing the youngster.

Time will tell how Barcelona intends to shore up their attacking options, but they will continue to evaluate their options until the transfer window swings open.

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