Mattia Destro’s agent has said that Chelsea are interested in a move for Italian sensation Mattia Destro, although a move for the Roma striker could prove unlikely, as reported by ITV Sport.
While there have been suggestions that Destro could move to Stamford Bridge as part of a swap deal to take Fernando Torres to the Stadio Olimpico, the agent denies that that is the case.
He also said Destro was keen to stay in Rome.
He did, however, admit that Chelsea have previously expressed an interest in signing Destro.
Destro’s agent said: “It’s true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia.
“But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation.
“Roma don’t want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma.”
Roma are not keen to lose the striker, however, and understandably: the 23-year-old was their top scorer last season, bagging 13 league goals as the Rome side finished second in Serie A, securing Champions League football in the process.
Destro has often been regarded as a top prospect in Italian football, but initially struggled for form after his move from Genoa in 2012. Last season, however, he hit the heights expected of him, alerting top clubs to his renewed talent.
Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno has commented that Leeds are continuing their negotiations for the signature of Adryan, the Brazilian youngster who has previously been given the nickname the ‘new Zico’, as reported by Emanuele Giulianelli.
Adryan signed a loan agreement with Cagliari last season, joining them temporarily from Flamengo, with Massimo Cellino negotiating an offer to permanently buy the 19-year-old. The Leeds owner reportedly rates the Brazilian very highly, and was keen to bring him into Elland Road.
Giulianelli did, however, also say that Leeds have not yet reached an agreement with either Cagliari or Flamengo over the move, and that the deal is complicated by the fact that there are three teams involved with arranging it.
Adryan would have to have his loan with Cagliari terminated before a separate agreement with Flamengo is reached over his transfer.
The youngster was previously scouted by a host of top sides in Europe, with a move by Manchester United being rebuffed by the player himself.
His pedigree led to him being given several nicknames, including the ‘New Zico’, the ‘New Kaka’ and being compared to current Brazil hero Neymar.
Mario Balotelli is set for a switch to Anfield after Liverpool agreed terms with AC Milan, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.
A purported move for the Italian international has moved rapidly over the last few hours, with Balotelli himself telling the press that today is his last day with the Italian giants, the club he supported as a youngster.
Balotelli has had a spell in the Premier League before, with Manchester City. Although that ultimately ended ignominiously, the striker was responsible for the pass that Sergio Aguero put away to win City their first Premier League crown in 2012 in dramatic circumstances.
He has gone on to impress for Italy since leaving the Etihad, although he struggled for goals last season with Milan. A series of managerial reshuffles caused chaos at the San Siro, however, and Balotelli could not escape it.
Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with Balotelli this summer, but dropped their interest recently.
A fee of around €20 million (£16 million) is expected to be spent by Liverpool on the striker.
Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola is now discussing personal terms with the Merseyside club.