Arsenal have contacted Roma in the last 24 hours to find out if striker Mattia Destro is available at a realistic price before the transfer window slams shut, making a cheeky enquiry for a striker with plenty of raw potential that has been consistently linked with their bitter Premier League rivals Chelsea in recent weeks.
That information comes courtesy of Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, who believes that despite Arsene Wenger's insistence to the contrary Arsenal would love to add another option in attack before Monday's deadline at an affordable price.
Destro was prolific when fit for Roma last season, recovering form a campaign blighted by knee problems to record a very respectable haul of 13 goals in 20 Serie A appearances.
The 23-year-old is far from first choice at the Stadio Olimpico though and that situation has created speculation Roma are willing to cash in on their streaky striker before the window shuts, although Arsenal are likely to have baulked at the Gialorossi's lofty €24m asking price.
Wenger & Mourinho both want another centre-forward
The fact Roma have serious interest in Destro shows there is a serious issue of demand outweighing supply in the search for quality late additions for Premier League title contenders.
Arsenal in particular look short up front after Olivier Giroud was ruled out for three to four months with a broken left foot, despite Wenger claiming that Alexis Sanchez has been signed to lead the line in a central strike role.
Chelsea meanwhile are attempting to offload Fernando Torres and his quite incredible £175-000-a-week salary, with Roma holding tentative talks about a swap deal involving Destro last week.
If the Blues can offload Torres before Monday's transfer deadline they will need to find another forward as a matter of urgency, particularly with Diego Costa currently struggling for full fitness thanks to a hamstring strain.
Spurs also in the race
Tottenham Hotspur would also love to land Destro and have a strong relationship with Roma thanks to current Spurs technical director Franco Baldini, who used to work in the Eternal City in the same role with Roma.
A concrete offer from Spurs is also dependent on the exit of another misfiring forward in Roberto Soldado, but if the right moves are made over the next 48 hours Destro could well end in London putting pen to paper on a last-ditch Premier League switch in a transfer chase worth keeping a very close eye on.
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