Chelsea eye Destro as Torres replacement

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.

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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