Arsenal & Chelsea boosted in race for £20m strike star

Roma have opened the door for Chelsea and Arsenal to move for Mattia Destro by targeting Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, according to reports from The Express.

The Premier League giants have both been linked with the £20m Italian forward in recent times, with moves in January expected.

Roma were thought to be reluctant to sell, yet not it’s emerged that Benteke is their top target for next month.

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The Belgian ace has recently returned from a long-term injury, and the Serie A giants believe now is the time to move for him with Villa struggling domestically.

However, any swoop is almost entirely dependant on the sale of Destro.

Roma recently dipped out of the Champions League, and will need funds if they are to capture Benteke, which could well come in the shape of a big fee for their current hit-man.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to see Destro as a good option to add more goals to his team, while Jose Mourinho is thought to be seeking a long-term replacement for Chelsea hero Didier Drogba.