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Arsenal and Chelsea set to miss out on Mattia Destro

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Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been continuously linked with a move for Italian international striker Mattia Destro, 23, but any chance of that happening has been dealt a blow.

According to reports in Italy, both Premier League clubs are set to miss out on the player as AC Milan have struck an agreement to sign the 23-year-old from AS Roma.

Both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are believed to be big admirers of the attacker but neither is likely to budge on their valuation of the player, leaving AC Milan with little competition for his signature.

Injured star to be replaced

The Rossoneri have reportedly been on the look out for another striker after their star man Stephan El Shaarawy broke a metatarsal in his right foot earlier in the week, meaning that he will be out for around two months.

Sky Italia claim that £520,000 will be paid in the initial loan deal for Destro, with a buy-out clause set at £12.3 million to be activated in the summer.

However there still remains some confusion over how much the fee would b, with sources in England claiming that the loan fee would be £700,000 and a future fee set at £17m.

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Galliani to make move

It is widely reported that Adriano Galliani, AC Milan’s vice-president, is meeting the player’s representatives to convince him to make the move north from Roma.

A diminutive striker standing at just 5 foot 9, Destro has spent most of the season on the bench for Roma making just 10 appearances this season scoring 5 goals.

AC Milan looking to sign ex-player

The San Siro club have been also casting admiring glances at former loanee Adel Taarabt.

Struggling to get much - if any - playtime under Harry Redknapp, Taarabt would welcome a move back to AC Milan where he impressed last season.

The QPR outcast was keen to join the club permanently in the summer, but the clubs couldn’t agree a price.

It is believed that QPR currently want £3million for the player, who is also interesting Serie A side Torino and teams in the Middle East.

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