Chelsea have scouted a top defensive prospect in the Serie A – Marash Kumbulla.
Reports of a transfer is ongoing but the Blues face competition from arch-rivals, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Kumbulla has impressed last term playing for Hellas Verona. He made his debut in the 2018/19 season in the Italian second division and then enjoyed regular minutes after achieving presence. The 20-year-old was an integral part to Verona’s ninth-place finish last term.
He is strong on the tackle, physically big and has a lot of admirable traits as a defender. No wonder Chelsea are pressing for his signature, given how badly they need to improve their backline.
While the additions of Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva has given them momentum, the Blues are far from being a complete picture. Frank Lampard’s primary target is West Ham’s Declan Rice but the Englishman could be a bit too expensive. The Hammers value him at £80m and are not nudging on that price tag.
Kumbulla would come in at a much lower fee, which would play nicely into Chelsea’s hands. At 20, he has time to adapt to a new league and continue his development under Lampard. However, is it the best time to bring in another prospect when Chelsea already have uncertainties with Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori?
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