Chelsea in race to sign Italian hit man from Roma

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are set to enter into the transfer market once again this weekend, as the Blues line up a bid to bring Mattia Destro to Stamford Bridge, reports the Telegraph. Fernando Torres remains on the brink of joining AC Milan this summer, meaning that Chelsea are in need of a third striker.

Destro, who currently plays for Roma, has garnered a significant reputation in Italy within recent seasons. The 23 year old is considered as one of Italy’s most promising new talents, therefore prompting the Chelsea interest in him. However, he could prove an expensive purchase given the rapidly decreasing time during which the transfer window is open, and the fact that Roma are under no financial pressure to sell having shipped Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich for big money recently.

Chelsea might be prepared to pay a little above the odds, however, especially if Diego Costa’s hamstring injury proves as severe as has been feared. The £32 million striker pulled up in training on Wednesday, and is a massive doubt to feature against Everton in the Premier League this weekend. A further six weeks on the sidelines could follow, leaving Chelsea short of options up-front.

The veteran striker, Didier Drogba, will be the only out-and-out forward within the Chelsea ranks should Torres leave and Costa be injured. The Ivorian has proven a capable Premiership striker before now, but at 36 years old he could struggle. In contrast, Destro could bring a fresh youth and excitement to the Chelsea frontline in the short-term, and an excellent alternative attacking option in the future.

Updated: August 30, 2014 — 10:45 am
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