Call it Inter’s bad luck or absolute mismanagement, as Marash Kumbulla will join Roma. While the news is not official, there’s no smoke without fire. The 20-year-old defender became one of the most talked-about youngsters in the Serie A last season. Along with Inter even Lazio are scrambling to bring him in. But, none other than Roma have managed to pull off a massive upset for the Nerazzurri in this case.
The Fabrizio Romano tweet doesn’t mention the details of the deal. But, Chiesa di Totti reports that the deal is a loan plus buy deal worth around €30M. Hellas Verona had already reinforced the position by bringing in Mert Cetin. This should’ve been a clear signal for the Nerazzurri to go all out for the future star.
The physical wall that Kumbulla is could’ve been a great addition for Inter with Godin leaving. The Albanian is tall and sturdy and can cover the ground quick enough to make an effective tackle. Conte’s back-three have a problem of being too rigid at times and let wingers make a run here and there. Reports suggesting that Kolarov will play as a wide-centre back on the left make it very clear that Conte wants quick players.
Marash Kumbulla will join Roma, what next for Inter?
In the first place, Inter are after Kumbulla because they want a backup to Skriniar. This is not a very exciting role for the 20-year-old who starts regularly for Verona. Thus his decision to join Roma must be driven by the fact that he’ll get more game time there. Inter, on the other hand, would’ve struggled to field him on the pitch regularly with a plethora of world class defenders at the club.
As Marash Kumbulla will join Roma, Inter need to retain Diego Godin. The Uruguayan defender is burning a hole in Inter’s wage bill but can easily be renegotiated with if he wants to stay. Furthermore, the 34-year-old has loads of experience to pass on to the likes of Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij.