Agent of Chelsea target comments on transfer speculation

Date published: Friday 20th March 2020 1:34 - Matthew Briggs

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Francesco Acerbi’s agent says his client is capable of playing for “any club in Europe” but cooled talk of a move to Chelsea.

The 32-year-old defender has been linked with a move to the Blues by FCInterNews, but the same website has since published quotes from the player’s agent claiming he knows nothing of an interest from London.

The Italy international, who battled testicular cancer back in 2013, has impressed for Lazio this season, apparently prompting interest from Frank Lampard.

His representative Federico Pastorello told FCInterNews: “I read about Chelsea and Inter, but I don’t know much about it.

“What I can certainly say is that Francesco is a defender who could play for any club in Europe.”

Acerbi recently switched agents to Pastorello, who also is one of Romelu Lukaku’s representatives.

The centre-back, who is under contract at Lazio until 2023, has  made 24 league appearances for Lazio this season, scoring two goals.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Hellas Verona ace Marash Kumbulla but face competition from several European rivals for the young defender.

A report in the Daily Express claims that the Blues are just one of numerous top clubs in for the youngster, with both Manchester United and Inter Milan also keen on the 20-year-old.

Kumbulla has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign in Serie A, making 18 senior appearances for Hellas this term.

The defender has been a mainstay in the newly-promoted side’s defence, helping Ivan Juric’s men to a surprise eighth place in the table and leading to plenty of interest in his services.

PassioneInter claims that Inter are favourites to sign the promising young star, with Antonio Conte ready to splash out €25million (£23m) on the Albian international.

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