Chelsea have been handed a boost in their attempts to sign Mattia Destro, as the Italian forward recently hinted at leaving his current club AS Roma in January.
The Blues had been keen to secure the 23-year-old's signature this summer, with there being reports of the West London club offering Fernando Torres plus cash for the Italian striker.
But the Serie A side decided to resist the Blues' advances, opting to keep Destro at the club.
However, the Blues have now been handed a big boost in landing the Italian striker in January as the former Siena player is unhappy due to his limited first team chances at Roma.
With Roma boss Rudi Garcia preferring the partnership of Francesco Totti and Arsenal Gervinho this season, Destro has only started in five Serie A fixtures.
And due to this reason, the 23-year-old, who has still managed to score four goals in the Serie A, has hinted at moving to a new club.
"I can only do my talking on the pitch. Some people speak with their voice, I speak on the field," said Destro, according to the Daily Express. "I try to score goals when I have the opportunity. [Should I be given] more opportunities by the coach? That's up to the coach. I think with my head, I make decisions with my head. So we'll see."
The Blues will certainly be interested in adding another striker to their squad as they are currently facing an injury crisis, with both Diego Costa and Loic Remy sidelined with injuries.
However, Chelsea will be facing some competition for the Italian's signature as Arsenal are also reportedly interested in the Roma striker.
Meanwhile, AC Milan striker Fernando Torres claims that he was not forced out of Chelsea this summer, insisting that he still maintains a good relationship with Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
The 30-year-old striker, who struggled to establish himself since his £50 million switch from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011, joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal after the arrivals of Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy at Stamford Bridge.
Although there were speculations of the striker being forced out of the club due to his poor form in front of the goal, the former Atletico Madrid striker insists he left Chelsea "to feel important"
"The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important," Torres told the Evening Standerd. "Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other. He has always been good to me."