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Roma warn Chelsea: Mattia Destro "absolutely not for sale"

Mitchell Leff

Of course with today being opposite day -- Torres is still staying at Chelsea and we're done in the transfer market multiple times over now, right Jose? -- this should mean that Chelsea will be announcing the capture of the intriguing 23-year-old center forward (of the rare poacher variety) presently.

But for now, let's take the words at face value.

"Destro is absolutely not for sale.  He never has been and he is staying where he is, 100 percent certain."

-James Pallotta, AS Roma president; source: ESPN

And if there is one thing that's certain, it's that you certainly can't be more certain than 100 percent.  Yet there are whisperings of Roma interest in the likes of Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano or BVB's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which would only make sense if Roma were perhaps drawing up some contingency plans in case of Destro's departure.

That being said, the supposed reason for Destro leaving is a lack of guaranteed playing time (Rudi Garcia has plenty of other attacking options, including first and foremost the evergeen Francesco Totti), but that's something that would also not be guaranteed at Chelsea.  So maybe taking the president's words at face value is not such an outrageous thing to do, even on opposite day.

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