Chelsea are keeping tabs on 20-year-old Verona centre-back Marash Kumbulla – as per reports.
The youngster has come up the ranks at Verona and has been playing for the senior side from 2018 and this season, the defender has already played in 18 Serie A games for the Italian side.
And it seems like Frank Lampard has grown a liking towards the defender with reports claiming that Chelsea want to sign him in the summer transfer window.
But this though will be easier said than done since Inter Milan have also set their eyes on Marash Kumbulla for quite some time and it seems like Antonio Conte is also planning a bid for centre-back.
And while some reports claim that Marash Kumbulla is eager to stay back in Italy but it looks like Chelsea could steal the transfer since as per reports, the Blues are willing to pay the amount upfront – something Inter Milan are not ready to do.
Marash Kumbulla: A good signing?
The player is expected to cost around 21 million pounds which is a fairly low transfer price in terms of today’s market.
— Chelseafc Official (@ChelseaFile) March 26, 2020
But according to Whoscored.com, Marash Kumbulla is not particularly a ball-playing central defender. The player’s key attributes are tackling and ariel duels which mean he is sort of a robust player and not a finesse one.
Chelsea do have one solid defender in the form of Antonio Rudiger but Frank Lampard has not been able to find a long-term replacement to David Luiz after the player left for Arsenal last summer.
Defenders like Kurt Zouma and Tomori have been really average for Chelsea up until now meaning the manager will surely be looking to bring in a long-term partner to Rudiger this summer.
But what remains to be seen is if a 20-year-old defender has what it takes to be a regular in Chelsea’s first XI that too in his first season in England.