'He's absolutely not for sale' - Chelsea dealt blow in chase of strike target

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Roma have ruled out the sale of Mattia Destro this summer, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested.

Roma have ruled out the sale of reported Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur target Mattia Destro.

The centre-forward has been linked with the Premier League duo for much of the summer so far, but Roma’s president James Palotta has said that the club’s star striker will not be going anywhere this summer.

"Destro? He's absolutely not for sale and he has never been so," Pallotta said to the Italian media.

"We are getting requests because he's a really good player, but we have no intention of selling him.

"He will stay 100%."

Destro has been identified as a transfer target by the London clubs as they both look to strengthen their forward lines over the transfer window.

Chelsea’s starting place up-front looks as if it belongs to Diego Costa, but the Blues have no real world-class back-up and Destro would certainly be an upgrade in that respect.

At the moment Jose Mourinho has an ageing Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres to call upon, but the Spaniard's expected departure has meant that he has had to re-enter the market for a frontman.

Torres is expected to sign for AC Milan before the end of the month and his impending transfer away from Stamford Bridge leaves them short of cover up-front.

It was thought that Destro, who has scored 19 times in 41 games for Roma over the past two seasons, had been identified as Mourinho’s first choice target, but it seems he may have to look elsewhere now.

Meanwhile, Spurs’s interest has been not as strong as Chelsea’s, but they were reportedly hoping to do a deal for the 23-year-old.

Spurs have made a promising start to life under Mauricio Pochettino, but there is still a thought that they could strengthen in attack.

At the moment the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane compete for the spot up-front in Pochettino’s team, but an upgrade may be needed if they are to secure that coveted spot in the top four.

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