Manchester United face a bidding war with Chelsea for Hellas Verona’s defender Marash Kumbulla, according to PassioneInter.
Kumbulla has made 18 appearances in Serie A this season, making 1.8 tackles and 2.9 clearances on average per game, and his defensive shifts have played a major part in Verona’s surprising charge up the table (via WhoScored). Despite only being promoted at the end of last season, the Yellow and Blues are currently in 8th place in the Italian top flight.
The Albanian international came through the Mastiffs’ academy and has played in 21 games for the first team in all competitions. He scored his first senior goal for the club against Sampdoria last year (Transfermarkt).
Kumbulla made his debut for the national team during the UEFA Euro qualifying stage against Moldova in October (Transfermarkt).
Unsurprisingly, the 20-year-old’s impressive performances have attracted attention from a number of high-profile European clubs, as the Italian outlet reports United and Chelsea have now entered the race with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to sign the youngster.
While it is fair to assume that the Verona centre-back has a bright future ahead of him if he can continue to make an impact at the back, he would likely be at the bottom of the pecking order if he joined the Red Devils.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have established themselves as regulars under club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Eric Bailly has started to feature again after recovering from an injury setback (Transfermarkt).
Evidently United have other areas that need urgent priority. Solskjaer is desperately looking for a wide player it seems, and has been linked to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who will not be cheap. Buying a goalscorer also remains at the top of the agenda and Ed Woodward will be keen to avoid making another transfer mistake.
The club’s executive vice-chairman has made several major errors throughout his time in charge, including signing United flop Alexis Sanchez and overpaying for Marouane Fellaini instead of landing Cesc Fabregas (Express).
All things considered, it is difficult to see Kumbulla getting many minutes if he moved to Old Trafford, and realistically it is probably a signing the board don’t need to make at the moment.
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