Chelsea Transfer News: Mattia Destro Blow Threatens Fernando Torres Deal

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

RIETI, ITALY - JULY 18:  Mattia Destro of Roma in action during the friendly match between AS Roma and Indonesia U23 at Stadio Centro d'Italia - Manlio Scopigno on July 18, 2014 in Rieti, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could be a very unhappy camper once the summer transfer window slams shut. Torres has been hoping to ditch Stamford Bridge for Italian shores, but AS Roma's refusal to sell Chelsea target Mattia Destro is set to scupper those plans.

Torres is apparently on the verge of a move to AC Milan. He has reportedly even agreed to a three-year deal, per Corriere dello Sport (h/t 101 Great Goals).

However, letting Torres go could be contingent on Chelsea signing Destro, per Daily Mail writer Matt Barlow. But there doesn't seem to be much chance of Destro leaving the Italian capital, according to Barlow:

Jose Mourinho has identified Destro as a young player who can add variety to his squad, even though Roma have cooled on the idea of selling the striker. 

The Italian club claim he is ‘100 per cent not for sale’ and no longer have a great urgency to raise funds after banking £35million by selling defender Medhi Benatia to Bayern Munich.

Roma president James Pallotta has made his feelings perfectly clear regarding his club's stance on Destro, per writer Chris Davie: "We've not reached out to anybody. He's not for sale, it's completely off the table. I decided that a year ago he wasn't [for sale]. We've got a great front line with Destro there. You won't see any crazy things going on [in the transfer market], that's for sure."

The news is not a major blow for Chelsea, but it has to be a bitter pill to swallow for Torres. The veteran Spaniard needs a move away from Stamford Bridge to revive a stalling career.

Torres has endured a tough time at Chelse in recent seasons.
Torres has endured a tough time at Chelse in recent seasons.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Torres has gone from feared striker to ridiculed fringe player since making the move to Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million in January 2011.

A move to Serie A, where the football is generally more methodical, might have been the perfect tonic for the misfiring 30-year-old.

However, it's difficult not to appreciate Chelsea's position. Mourinho's striking reserves are relatively sparse and have received a blow with high-priced new boy Diego Costa suffering a hamstring injury.

He will reportedly miss the Blues' upcoming away game against Everton, per Daily Mirror writer Martin Lipton. With Costa sidelined, Mourinho must rely on 36-year-old Stamford Bridge returnee Didier Drogba.

However, Mourinho knows he'll need more than one available option to lead the line this season. That's where Torres still has his uses.

As for Destro, he might not be too miffed by Roma's stance. After all, the Serie A club is in this season's UEFA Champions League.

Roma's prospects for a successful season are good under attack-minded French boss Rudi Garcia. He has crafted a dynamic team that features Destro and former Arsenal and Lille man Gervinho creating plenty of havoc upfront.

The Gervinho and Destro double act is key to Garcia's exciting Roma team.
The Gervinho and Destro double act is key to Garcia's exciting Roma team.Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

The only loser in this rather convoluted transfer saga is set to be Torres. He needs his move more than Mourinho needs to grant it and certainly more than Roma need to sell Destro.

Another season stewing on the bench looks likely for Torres.