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Marash Kumbulla to Chelsea? Who is the Hellas Verona defender scouts are watching in January

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Chelsea are exploring a number of defensive options after cooling their interest in Nathan Ake and Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla is one of the players on their radar.

Italian newspaper La Nazione have reported the defender has attracted interest Manchester United as well as Chelsea, while Inter Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina are all keen on the defender.

Born in Peschiera del Garda in Italy, Kumbulla came through the ranks at Hellas Verona after joining the academy in 2017 and said recently he had supported the club since he was eight years old .

Standard Sport understands the Albanian defender is attracting interest from several European clubs and Chelsea are understood to have sent scouts to watch the teenager in action.

Unlike the Blues' more renowned targets such as Brighton's Lewis Dunk and West Ham defender Issa Diop, Kumbulla is more of an obscure choice - particularly to those unfamiliar with Italian football.

Kumbulla is certainly making waves in Serie A.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the Serie A's brightest defensive prospects having made 12 appearances for the Italian club this season.
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