Chelsea started negotiations with 20-year-old Serie A centre-back

The London giants are prepared to pay £21m upfront to sign Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla, according to reports in Italy. Albania international is a rising star in Italy, only turned 20 in February and is a top target of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Frank Lampard wants to bolster the back-line during the summer transfer window.

However, the London club are keen to beat their former coach to the signing and have indicated they will pay a significant sum for Marash. Frank Lampard wants to continue altering his Blues squad and is targeting the addition of fledgeling talent, as well as established stars.

Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech became Frank Lampard’s first major signing and Blues are working on the way to make sure Kumbulla joins the playmaker at Chelsea. Blues are willing to pay the transfer fee upfront, which could set them apart from Nerazzurri despite the fact the Italian club has already held extensive talks with the defender and Hellas.

The London giants are set to back their manager in the coming summer window after a transfer ban and Lampard is plotting a big summer window. But the Chelsea manager’s plans might be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic which has forced football to go into shutdown.

The Premier League has extended the 2019/2020 campaign indefinitely, and talks are underway about what to do with the summer transfer window. The report goes on to state that Inter stays interested in landing the Albanian centre-back too and that the Nerazzurri can offer some interesting players as part of a deal.