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Chelsea eye Destro as Torres replacement


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By Joe Haining

Friday 29 August 2014

Chelsea are set to move for young AS Roma striker Mattia Destro in the event of Fernando Torres completing his proposed switch to AC Milan, according to the Daily Mail.


Mattia Destro


Torres is currently embroiled in complex negotiations to secure his release from Stamford Bridge and a move to the Milanese giants and are said to have identified Destro as the perfect replacement.


However, his club Roma have said that he is ‘100 per cent not for sale’, and indeed are not currently in desperate need of cash having recently sold Medhi Benatia to Bayern Munich in a deal reported to be worth around £35 million.


But every player has his price, and the sale of Torres could potentially generate adequate cash to meet the valuation of £20 million or more for Destro.


Destro spent time in the youth systems of Ascoli and Inter Milan, and represented Genoa and Siena at senior level before completing a move to Roma in 2012. He marked his arrival in the capital in remarkable fashion, picking up a goal, two yellows and a red card in not much more than five minutes on the field in a Serie A match against Palermo.


The 23-year-old has five senior caps for Italy, and scored his first international goal in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Malta.


Chelsea could be set for something of a striking crisis, with Torres seemingly set to follow Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o out of the Stamford Bridge exit door, and new addition Diego Costa struggling with fitness, making a move for Destro all the more likely.


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By Romano on 29 August 2014 at 10:44


So lets get this right. Roma has stated that Destro is absolutely not for sale, however you state that every player has a price? Well, lets look at this then. Roma are clearly not hard up for cash, so by offering what Destro is worth (around £20mill) would not tempt Roma in the slightest to change their minds and sell him. But if you think that every player has his price, then how much more do you possibly think Chelsea or Arsenal would over pay for him, to get Roma's attention? Do you think £30mil, or even £35 mil would get Roma's attention? Because 35 is prob the region you would have to offer a team in Roma's situation for them to even sit up and think that it would be feasible. But somehow i doubt, even though I admit that English teams sometimes have more money than brains, would think to pay about £15 - £20 million MORE than what he is worth. And anything less wouldnt even get a reply from Roma. So, I agree that every player has his price, however dont feel that that is a logical or calculated thing to say in this instance. If Real madrid didnt want to sell Ronaldo, we could also say that he has his price - but, would a club REALLY pay it? I think not. (look at his buy-out clause amount)


By Romano on 29 August 2014 at 10:44


So lets get this right. Roma has stated that Destro is absolutely not for sale, however you state that every player has a price? Well, lets look at this then. Roma are clearly not hard up for cash, so by offering what Destro is worth (around £20mill) would not tempt Roma in the slightest to change their minds and sell him. But if you think that every player has his price, then how much more do you possibly think Chelsea or Arsenal would over pay for him, to get Roma's attention? Do you think £30mil, or even £35 mil would get Roma's attention? Because 35 is prob the region you would have to offer a team in Roma's situation for them to even sit up and think that it would be feasible. But somehow i doubt, even though I admit that English teams sometimes have more money than brains, would think to pay about £15 - £20 million MORE than what he is worth. And anything less wouldnt even get a reply from Roma. So, I agree that every player has his price, however dont feel that that is a logical or calculated thing to say in this instance. If Real madrid didnt want to sell Ronaldo, we could also say that he has his price - but, would a club REALLY pay it? I think not. (look at his buy-out clause amount)


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

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