Serie A giants Roma must keep star striker Mattia Destro at the Stadio Olimpico if they are to have any chance of winning the Scudetto this forthcoming season.
The striker, who played a key role in his side’s ultimately unsuccessful title assault last season, has been linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur as the north London club set to assemble a squad capable of qualifying for the Champions League.
Destro may be plying his trade at one of the finest clubs in Italy but could find a move to the Premier League too difficult to resist.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fruitful 2013-2014 campaign, even if Roma failed to dethrone Juventus as champions of Serie A.
Though he ultimately missed out on a place in Cesare Prandelli’s 23-man squad for the World Cup, his goals have alerted some of Europe’s finest, with Chelsea reportedly another interested party.
He was drafted in two years ago as a replacement for Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, and has taken Serie A by storm, scoring 19 times in 41 games to establish himself as one of the country’s most prolific marksmen.
Destro scored more goals than the likes of Juan Cuadrado, Arturo Vidal and Mauro Icardi, and, if he shuns interest from abroad will be widely expected to vie with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain for the prestigious Golden Boot award.
After the struggles of Roberto Soldado last term, Pochettino is keen to add another striker to his ranks before the transfer window shuts on September 1.
Emmanuel Adebayor rediscovered his form under Tim Sherwood, but the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker is something of a maverick and can struggle when the pressure builds.
Harry Kane demonstrated his potential in the dying embers of last term and provided the assist for Eric Dier’s winner against West Ham United at the weekend but, in spite of his obvious talent, is not ready the lead the line just yet.
Destro’s guile and guts could see him light up the Premier League, and produce the goals the north London side have been missing ever since Gareth Bale’s blockbuster departure to Real Madrid one year ago.
With the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Paulinho already at the club they could provide the perfect platform for the Italian to succeed where Soldado has not.
Roma are resigned to losing their star man before the start of the new season and could move for Fernando Torres as a possible replacement.
Any transfer fee is likely to be in the region of £15 million, with Rudi Garcia unlikely to let his star man go on the cheap. With time ticking, Spurs must move quick if they are to tie up a deal for one of Europe’s rising stars.