Earlier in the week, we brought you news from Italy of a reported Norwich City bid for AS Roma striker, Mattia Destro. Corriere dello Sport suggested that Destro is surplus to requirements at the Stadio Olimpico after the arrival of Edin Dzeko from Manchester City and that the Canaries had made an offer for the 24yr old Italian International.
Yesterday, The Sun reported that Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle is hoping that Norwich make an offer for him, rather than drop down to the Championship with Bristol City. Today, The Daily Mail are reporting that Norwich have made a firm £4.5m bid for Destro.
So who exactly is Mattia Destro and what could he offer the Canaries?
Destro signed for Roma in July 2012 as a direct replacement for Liverpool bound, Fabio Borini. The exact transfer fee was a little complicated with Roma initially taking Destro in a temporary deal for ?11.5 million (?8.5 million cash plus half of the rights to both Giammario Piscitella and Valerio Verre) with an option to sign him outright for ?4.5 million, which meant Destro would cost Roma ?16 million in total if the purchase was completed – bizarre complications if you ask me (half of the rights?!)
He is 5’10’ tall and reasonably quick, he’s not Usain Bolt but he’s quicker than Grant Holt by some distance (sorry Holty).
In 2013/14 Destro scored 13 league goals for Roma, finishing the season as the club’s top scorer and helping his side to second place in Serie A behind Champions Juventus.
That summer he was the subject of intense transfer speculation and a reported target for both Chelsea and Real Madrid but he stayed at Roma and was loaned out to AC Milan in January 2015 after his form dipped. He made 15 appearances for Milan in the second half of last season and scored 3 goals.
He has a career total of 118 league appearances for Genoa, Siena, Roma and Milan and has scored 41 goals – an average of a goal every 2.8 games in the notoriously well defended Serie A. He also has eight caps for Italy and one goal.
With Dzeko having now joined Roma, speculation is again intense around the young forward with Bologna very interested but seemingly unable to compete with Norwich City’s wage offer. The big question, apart from does he actually want to move to England? Is could he cut it in the Premier League?
There are many variables before such a transfer could be sorted out and you can bet there would be lots of issues and various interested parties to deal with before we could see him at Carrow Road.
I think we’re all terrified of another RvW continental white elephant but this lad does look the business – at least on paper anyway!