Arsenal are reported to be monitoring the situation surrounding unsettled Roma striker Mattia Destro, according to Italian football website Tuttomercatoweb.com.
Destro, 23, has grown frustrated at the Stadio Olimpico in recent months after failing to hold down a regular spot in Rudi Garcia’s side and, with 18 months left on his current deal, is understood to be considering his options.
The Italian international has started just one of the team’s past six Serie A games, and voiced his frustration at being forced to warm the bench in an interview with Rivista Undici this week.
“Somebody says I'm like the sixth man in basketball but I'd prefer to be among the starting five,” he said. “I don't dislike this comparison but every player's ambition is to be a regular starter.
"The media always appoint me as 'youngster' and that annoys me because I'm 23, I shouldn't be considered a youngster any more. That's why so many prospects choose to move abroad.”
Linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, Destro is now attracting the interest of a host of Italian clubs alongside Arsenal, with AC Milan said to have begun initial talks over a loan deal earlier this month.
Fiorentina, Torino and Udinese have also been mentioned as potential destinations, but the former Siena forward is believed to have chosen the San Siro has the lone domestic alternative to Roma.
However, with his current club preferring either an outright sale or loan with a purchase option, it’s possible that Destro could remain with i Giallorossi until the end of the season, unless a club like Arsenal comes in with an enticing enough approach.
The eight-time capped front man in fact responded to the Gunners’ reported interest in his signature in November, telling TuttoSport: “Arsenal for me? The rumours are good, I’m happy for them. 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.”
Manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t seems desperate for another addition up top at present, but the fact that Destro has netted an impressive 28 goals in 65 total appearances since arriving in the Italian capital from Siena in 2012 is reason enough to entertain the idea of a potential approach.
A move perhaps won’t materialise in the coming weeks but, if Destro doesn’t head elsewhere before the close of the transfer window, then he could well be one of the Frenchman’s top targets come the summer.