Roma willing to sell Arsenal target Destro if they can sign Luiz Adriano

Roma will reportedly target Shakhtar striker Luiz Adriano as a possible replacement for Mattia Destro.

Arsenal's season has been inconsistent at best so far, yet even after the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Swansea City, the Gunners remain just one point off a top four spot.

Arsene Wenger needs his side to kick on after the international break, particularly with some sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd wanting him replaced.

Wenger really does need to spend more money in the January transfer window in order to replenish his squad, with centre back and holding midfield the positions of most concern.

However, despite signing Danny Welbeck from Manchester United in a £16m deadline day deal, Arsenal continue to be linked with adding more strikers.

Roma's Mattia Destro has recently been touted as a target for the Gunners, and having scored 17 goals in 30 games for the Italian side, the Gunners were allegedly eyeing up a January move - even with Olivier Giroud set to return from injury in the New Year.

The 23-year-old Italian international then fueled the rumours of a move to North London by saying he's happy to be linked with the club.

"Arsenal for me? The rumours are good, I’m happy for them," said Destro. "This is the proof that I’m doing my work well. There are so many things that I can improve on. I must never stop and continue to learn new things."

Roma will no doubt want to keep hold of their star centre forward, but reports in Italy suggest that they've already eyed up a possible replacement for Destro should he move to Arsenal.

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano hit the headlines earlier this season, scoring five times against BATE Borisov in the Champions League, joining Lionel Messi as the only players to have scored five goals in Champions League game.

His form with the Ukrainian giants has led to his first Brazil call-up, and earned his maiden cap against Turkey early last week.

Yet now, the 27-year-old could be on the move, with Roma wanting to take him to the eternal city as Destro's possible replacement, according to reports in Italy.

The news serves as a boost to Arsenal if they do want to sign Destro, as Roma seem willing to part with him as long as they tie up a deal for Brazilian international Adriano in January.

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