Chelsea and Tottenham could be gearing up for a transfer battle over Roma forward Mattia Destro - but only if they can offload £76 million worth of striking talent first.
Tottenham are believed to be in the market for a new striker before the window shuts next month, and they could get rid of Roberto Soldado to make room for a new arrival. Chelsea could also move for a new forward, with doubts surrounding the future of Fernando Torres.
Both Spanish strikers joined their current clubs for a combined fee of £76 million but neither player has impressed in London. Soldado signed for Tottenham from Valencia last year but scored only six times in the Premier League last season before losing his place to Emmanuel Adebayor.
Torres has fared just as bad his record £50 million move to Chelsea in 2011, and has fallen down the pecking order behind both Diego Costa and Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge. Both Torres and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho have publicly insisted that an exit isn't on the cards, reports continue to suggest that isn't the case.
Now the Times say that both Tottenham and Chelsea have identified who they want if they can offload their striker flops, and it happens to be the same player.
Destro joined Roma permanently in 2013 from Genoa following a loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico. The 23-year-old impressed last season, scoring 13 goals in 20 league appearances to help Roma claim second place in Serie A, which has seemingly attracted the interest of both Tottenham and Chelsea.
Spurs will hope to have the upper hand over Chelsea thanks to the relationship sporting director Franco Baldini shares with his former club. They coughed up £30 million for Erik Lamela last year while reports suggest that negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs over defender Vlad Chiriches.
Out of favour
New boss Mauricio Pochettino left Soldado on the bench for Tottenham's opening day win over West Ham on Saturday, opting to use youngster Harry Kane as a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor who started the game at Upton Park.
Torres is unlikely to start in Chelsea's opener against Burnley this evening, but could make an appearance from the bench with Drogba struggling with injury.
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