Chelsea step up efforts to sign £18 million Serie A defender

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According to Italy publication Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea are leading the race to sign Hellas Verona star Marash Kumbulla.

The 20 year old Albanian defender is reportedly valued at around £18 million by Hellas Verona.

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Chelsea have reportedly stepped up efforts to sign the 20 year old defender, who has been likened to Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini.

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Everton are also monitoring the highly rated defender.

Meanwhile, Chelsea left-back Emerson Paimieri has hinted he could return to the Premier League this summer.

“I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“A return to Serie A could happen, but I have a contract with Chelsea and I’m in no rush to go anywhere.

“It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was Conte, so obviously it was easier to deal with an Italian coach.

“As for Sarri, I’ve no words for what a marvellous year we had, as we finished third in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup Final and won the Europa League. We can’t complain!”

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