Mattia Destro will not be leaving Serie A outfit Roma this summer, according to club president James Pallotta.
Italian striker Destro has been the subject of increasingly frequent transfer rumours in recent weeks, with Chelsea having been most closely linked with a move for the player's services prior to the upcoming transfer deadline as Jose Mourinho prepares for life post-Fernando Torres.
Roma do not appear willing to relinquish Destro's services without a significant fight, however, with the club seemingly convinced that the 23-year-old is set to remain at Stadio Olimpico for the foreseeable future and play an integral role in the new Serie A campaign.
"Destro is absolutely not for sale and never has been," an adamant Pallotta said in an interview that was brought to our attention by The Daily Express.
"We receive offers continually because he’s a great player, but we have no intention of selling him. He’ll stay 100 per cent and we close an excellent transfer market.”
During a summer when a number of entertaining European teams have been stripped of their top assets by the continent's more established heavyweights, Roma's stance on Destro is notably refreshing.
Although he was restricted to just 20 domestic appearances last season, the former Genoa and Siena man still managed to notch 13 goals and he continues to be integral to Rudi Garcia's side in 2014/15 as they look to keep pace with reigning champions Juventus and negotiate their way out of a difficult Champions League group that also includes Bayern Munich, Premier League holders Manchester City and CSKA Moscow.
It appears that Chelsea are not the only English top-flight club to be pondering a swoop for £20 million-rated Destro with the transfer window due to shut in just three days time.
If speculation that surfaced in the player's native Italy on Thursday is to be believed, then Arsenal are also becoming increasingly interested in the striker following the foot injury suffered by Olivier Giroud after he had scored a late equaliser during last Saturday's enthralling 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Despite interest from such reputable clubs, Roma's position in European football's most reputable club competition should boost their chances of retaining Destro, although if he really does want to leave then it might be wiser in the long-term for Pallotta and co not to stand in his way for too long.
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