Tottenham director of football Franco Baldini has held talks with Roma officials over a potential move for Chelsea striker target Mattia Destro, according to reports in Italy.
The striker is attracting interest from the Premier League with the end of the summer transfer window approaching, and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma are willing to sell up.
The 23-year-old, who made Italy's preliminary World Cup squad but missed out on the final 23, is considered one of the most promising young talents in Serie A, and hit 13 goals in 20 league appearances last season.
Both Chelsea and Tottenham are in the running for his signature and are gearing up for a battle over the £20 million-rated forward.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Spurs are trying to be beat Chelsea to the punch, and Baldini has held talks with his counterpart Walter Sabatini to discuss the possibility of a deal.
Sabatini was also in town to discuss the future of defender Mehdi Benatia who has been linked with Chelsea, and although Gazzetta say talks with the Blues regarding Destro are on the horizon it seems unlikely that the striker's future wasn't discussed at some point.
One factor that could work against Chelsea is that Tottenham are reportedly in talks with the Giallorossi over the sale of defender Vlad Chiriches, who could be used as part of a deal for Destro and is viewed as the ideal replacement for Benatia.
It was previously suggested that Chelsea could look to use Fernando Torres in a straight swap deal for Destro, but Gazzetta say that isn't an option for Roma. It's claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to get rid of the Spaniard but so far his £175,000-per-week wage packet has put his suitors off.
Destro's agent has confirmed Chelsea are interested in signing his client, but he insisted that there's a chance that the striker could remain in Serie A this season.
"It's true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia," Destro's agent told Press Association Sport. "But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it's all speculation.
"Roma don't want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma."
Tottenham will likely offload Roberto Soldado if they do firm up their interest in Destro. The Spaniard flopped in his first season at White Hart Lane, and like Chelsea with Torres, are willing to cut their losses.
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