Chelsea transfer news: Talks with 13 goals/ 14 starts striker, Benatia update and more

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All the latest Chelsea transfer news and rumours including discussions with prolific Italian, Bayern Munich out of race for defensive target and more.

Chelsea are enjoying talks with AS Roma hotshot striker Mattia Destro (above), according to reports.

The 23-year-old Italian, who could act as a replacement for Fernando Torres, is valued at £20 million but is still capable of further development despite netting 13 goals from 14 Serie A starts last season.

Responsible for a goal or assist once every 81 minutes, it is easy to see why Destro has attracted the likes Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg, however, out of them all, it could be Chelsea or even AC Milan who have the upper hand.

"I cannot deny he is at the centre of some important situations that could develop," said Destro's agent Claudio Vigorelli. "More Milan or Chelsea? The market is unpredictable. These are two interested clubs. Jose Mourinho admires him, while Milan could make some important steps forward very soon."

A swap deal involving Torres was rejected last week, but the Daily Mail are today reporting that if the club offload the Spaniard it could cost them £16 million unless the maligned forward finds an interested club.

The reason for the excessive costs are down to there being two more years remaining on the player's contract, which sees him pocket £150,000 per week - a figure some clubs have struggled to match, like AS Roma.

SEE ALSO: Vincent Kompany selects Chelsea star as most skillful he's ever played with

Elsewhere, if Chelsea were still keen on acquiring a centre back - to eventually take over the primary responsibilities of John Terry - they could do far worse than the €30 million rated Mehdi Benatia (right), who is a target of Manchester United's and United's alone after Bayern Munich pulled out of the running.

And finally, Manchester City star and skipper Vincent Kompany has picked a Chelsea player, rather than any member of the Etihad Stadium roster, as the most skillful player he has ever competed with.

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