Arsenal are set to make a stunning move Roma striker Matthia Destro in the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Star.
This will, in part, be in the hopes of replacing want away star Joel Campbell, who has struggled to make an impact since his sensational turn at the World Cup in the summer.
Campbell’s excellent displays in Brazil belied his involvement at Arsenal over the last few years.
He has spent his entire time with the Gunners away from the club on loan.
Success in Brazil was meant to bring with it more opportunity for the Costa Rican international, but Arsene Wenger has not granted him much action in the Premier League.
Inter Milan are said to be putting together a loan move for the player, with the option of signing him on a permanent basis for £7 million in the summer.
As a result, reports suggest Arsenal are lining up a move for Roma’s Mattia Destro, who cost the Italian side €16 million when they signed him.
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.