It seems as though Arsene Wenger is keen to beat his arch rival Jose Mourinho to the signing of Mattia Destro having already opened talks with the AS Roma forward, according to the Daily Star.
The 23-year-old started his professional career at Roma's fellow Serie A competitors, Genoa, before he made a downgraded switch to Siena.
But upon his return to the Italian equivalent to the Premier League, the forward has certainly expressed his goalscoring prowess which has sparked the interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
But it is Wenger who has made the first move with the January transfer window quickly approaching as he considers reinforcing his goalscoring options at the Emirates Stadium.
The Italian international spoke to the press on Wednesday where he hinted at a possible move away from Roma.
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"Should I be given more opportunities by the coach? That's up to him," he said. "I think with my head, I make decisions with my head so we shall see."
And it's no surprise why Wenger is so enthusiastic to get his foot in the door at the early stages with given Destro's goalscoring abilities.
With 22 goals in 49 appearances for Roma, the Arsenal manager will be getting a goal-getter of decent repute, and one able to find the net more regularly than Danny Welbeck.
Alexis Sanchez needs a helping hand having been Arsenal's main source of goals so far this season and, at £16 million, Destro seems like a decent option for the club.
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