No chance of Destro moving to Chelsea unless Torres is sold, says agent
By Liam Twomey
There is no chance of Mattia Destro moving to Chelsea this summer unless Fernando Torres is sold, according to the Roma striker's agent.
Reports this week have suggested that Roma are in talks with the Blues over a swap deal involving the two strikers, with Torres now third in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the summer arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.
But while Renzo Contratto is aware of Chelsea's interest in his client, he does not consider any direct exchange with Torres likely and believes a move to west London would only be possible if the Blues manage to find a buyer for their out-of-favour Spaniard.
"If Chelsea sell Torres, maybe it’s possible they make an offer for Mattia," he told Goal. "Otherwise, no, [a deal cannot happen]."
"Chelsea is one of the top clubs in the world so any player would like to play for them, but I think it’s a very difficult transfer."
Torres has been a huge disappointment at Chelsea since arriving from Liverpool in January 2011, scoring just 49 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions.
It was revealed in June that Jose Mourinho had informed the Spaniard that he has no long-term future at Stamford Bridge, but the 30-year-old is happy to see out the final two years of his €200,000-a-week contract.
In any case, Contratto insists Destro is focused solely on Roma despite the speculation surrounding his future.
When asked about his client's frame of mind, he replied: "Mattia would prefer to stay in Rome to play in the Champions League and Serie A this season."