Serie A giants Roma should avoid signing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres if star man Mattia Destro departs the Stadio Olympico this summer.
The Spaniard, who has failed to shine since his £50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011, could leave Stamford Bridge having fallen down the pecking order since the arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.
Jose Mourinho is said to be a big admirer of Destro, but Roma must avoid swooping for a player whose best days are long behind him as any possible replacement.
Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez and Mourinho himself have all tried – and failed – to reignite the Torres of old that proved so explosive whilst plying his trade over on Merseyside.
Last campaign he found himself tussling with Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba for a starting berth, with the former often preferred for the biggest games of the season in what proved to be an ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the boys in blue.
Having enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance under Benitez - he scored 22 times and lead Chelsea to glory in the Europa League - last season was a return to his mediocre best as he found the net just 11 times in all competitions.
His finest moment was scoring a crucial last-minute winner against Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City, yet there is widespread recognition in London that the Spaniard will never live up to his price tag.
Roma risk damaging their hopes of domestic glory before the season has even started with Destro possibly poised to join Mehdi Benatia in heading for the exit door.
Swooping for Torres could be a major mistake, as he would be the latest experienced head to join the Italian outfit after the previous additions of Maicon and Ashley Cole.
Pace and power is the way to win the major gongs in the game – as shown by the way Real Madrid exploded their way to Champions League glory in May – and older legs are hardly enough to get the fans tingling with excitement.
Juventus have bolstered their firepower with the signing of Alvaro Morata from Madrid, whilst last year’s occupants of third place - Napoli - have moved to bring Swansea City forward Michu to the club on a season-long loan deal.
Rudi Garcia’s men cannot afford to make mistakes in the transfer market as the new season prepares to kick off next weekend.
Reports linking the Spanish international to the Stadio Olympico have been downplayed by Destro’s agent.
That news should come as a relief to Roma fans, with Torres currently not good enough to lead the line of one of Italy’s greatest clubs.
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