Hellas Verona sporting director Tony D’Amico discussed Inter target Marash Kumbulla in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia aired earlier this afternoon.
“We want to finish the season, which is what matters, there will be time for the rest. Kumbulla is a strong player. Is he worth €25 million? I think that evaluation is a little bit lower than our evaluation of him.
“He’s had an amazing season. It’s clear that, because of his age and what he’s shown on the pitch, he’s one of the players that many top European clubs have started paying attention to.”
He moved onto talking how many clubs are interested in the 20-year-old Albanian defender, but there was no guarantee that the player would leave Verona in the summer.
“He’ll certainly have a lot of offers, which he already has today, but it’s too early to talk about figures. We make an exclusively tactical assessment of the player and he doesn’t necessarily need to be sold.
“There’s still plenty of time, for us it’s an honour to have such a young man, I think it’s a credit to Setti’s management who has always believed in the youth sector. And I think that this is the reward of that.”
Finally, D’Amico spoke about the situations of players who are on loan at the club, like the Inter owned Federico Dimarco and Eddie Salcedo.
“We haven’t started talking to the players, we need the rules that the federation and UEFA will have to impose. It is unthinkable to find a single agreement with the players, an ad hoc rule will have to be found for this emergency.”
Inter are incredibly keen to sign the 20-year-old Albanian defender, who is contracted to the Gialloblu until 2022. Kumbulla, who is also wanted by Lazio, as well as many other top clubs around Europe, made 19 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 1581 minutes.
In that time, he has scored one goal and helped the side keep seven clean sheets. The player’s expected cost is a little lower than many would expect for a player of his quality and potential, due to the effects of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The Nerazzurri are considering signing Kumbulla in the summer, and then sending him back to Verona on loan for the season, in order to help him earn more regular playing time and develop further.