Arsenal set to begin negotiations over £15m Chelsea transfer target

Arsenal are preparing to open talks over a potential move to sign Mattia Destro from Roma, a player who has also caught the eye of both Chelsea and Liverpool, Express reports.

The 23-year-old is targeted by Arsene Wenger in hopes that he can fill the attacking void left by the loan departures of Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan and Yaya Sanogo to Crystal Palace.

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In addition to that, Joel Campbell is also being tipped for an Emirates exit while summer signing Danny Welbeck is still out with an injury, leaving Olivier Giroud as the only available striking option.

Both Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers were linked with a move for the Serie A attacker, but the Gunners move to begin negotiations over a transfer have now put them in pole position for his signature.

The Italian forward has made 15 Serie A appearances so far this season, netting five goals and is believed to have been offered to Wenger for a fee of around £15million.