Mattia Destro had an odd season last time out, but one that saw him draw plenty of attention from around Europe.
After missing the first 14 games of the Serie A campaign due to long-term injury, the 23-year-old triumphantly returned in December to hit 13 goals in 18 appearances.
His purple patch culminated with a scintillating hat-trick against Cagliari in early April - a match after which he was suspended for four contests for punching now-team-mate Davide Astori.
Destro wouldn’t get on the scoresheet again upon his return for the final two games of the term, yet outside interest in him remained high heading into the summer nonetheless.
And Wolfsburg have been linked with a big-money move for the young striker for some time - even as reports coming out of Italy have claimed Roma had tagged him as unsellable.
Tottenham have also been part of the discussion, especially in the past two weeks, when reports have claimed Franco Baldini is ready to pounce for Destro with Roma needing to reduce their wage bill.
Wolfsburg, however, seem to have acted with greater urgency for the Italy international. According to Sky Sport Italia, the Bundesliga outfit tabled an official €25 million offer for Destro.
Somewhat surprisingly, Roma are said to have accepted - albeit with hesitance. But Destro vetoed the move and a €3.5 million per season wage packet in the process.
Whilst this turn of events seemingly would leave Spurs open to make a move of their own, it looks that Destro’s reasons for spurning Worlfsburg’s advances rule them out as well.
Sky Sport Italia maintain that the Inter youth product is intent on becoming a leading figure at the Stadio Olimpico this season and isn’t intrigued by a move abroad.
Set to put down roots and be married in September, Destro is keen to prove to Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia that he can lead the line for Roma heading into the future, with Champions League football on the docket this term.
If Tottenham were indeed plotting a bid for Destro, as the situation lies it seems they’d be well advised to look elsewhere to bolster their attack.
The Italian appears to see his future only in the Eternal City and even if Roma are willing to reluctantly accept a considerable bid for his services - his personal sentiments seemingly dictate that he will be staying in Rome this summer.