Arsenal open talks to sign Mattia Destro

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Arsenal have begun discussions over a deal to sign Roma striker Mattia Destro, with the player's agent booked for a flight to London to meet Gunners chiefs in person and see if a January deal is a genuine possibility.

That is according to The Sun, who believe that Destro's frustration over a lack of consistent starting opportunities could see him make a £20 million move to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

Gunners fans would most likely expect Arsene Wenger to go out and spend Arsenal's January transfer budget on a central defender, but if Destro's representatives get their way it will go on yet another exciting attacking option who has the potential to improve considerably over the next few years.

Destro considering Roma exit

The 23-year-old has produced a decent return of four goals in 12 games this season, but can't dislodge living Roma legend Francesco Totti from the starting XI to give himseld any chance of improving that relatively modest return.

Roma boss Rudi Garcia's preference for one withdrawn central striker in a 4-3-3 formation is leaving Destro with limited first-team opportunities, a situation Arsenal are clearly looking to take advantage of.

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Arsenal interest flatters the forward

Destro has been asked about strongly-rumoured interest from Arsenal on more than one occasion already this season, which is hardly a surprise given his fairly peripheral role with Roma.

The Italian international sees views the rumours as a huge compliment to his ability, stating:  "Arsenal for me? The rumours are good, I’m happy for them. This is the proof that I’m doing my work well.

"There are so many things that I can improve on. I must never stop and continue to learn new things."

Chelsea did consider Destro as the man to provide strike cover for Diego Costa in the summer, but unless they act quickly it looks like a former transfer target could end up in North London sooner rather than later.

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