On January 8th, we covered claims from Italy that Manchester United are one of a number of clubs interested in Marash Kumbulla.

The defender’s ‘excellent defensive performances’ had ‘drawn the attention’ of teams across Europe, and according to Tuttomercatoweb, United were among them.

RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Napoli and Inter Milan were among the others, with a suggestion a club could try to set something up before the end of the winter market, with Kumbulla then potentially moving in the summer.

Nothing was agreed, so now eyes turn to the next market.

FCInterNews report Manchester United had an official watch the 19 year old in action for Verona against Inter Milan at the weekend. Fortunately for him, he was one of the best performers at the San Siro as Verona got a 1-1 away draw.

Inter have already made a move with the player’s entourage, trying to gain an advantage ahead of the summer, but United are an ‘inconvenient’ entrant to the race for the Milan club.

It’s thought the Red Devils are now ‘ready to take action’, and that would turn what had been a two club battle between Inter and Napoli into a ‘group sprint’.

This is all convenient for Verona, who hope for a €25-30m auction.