Player Focus: Mattia Destro | Goals, Skills, Assists | Roma | 2013/2014
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Mattia Destro (born 20 March 1991) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Roma.
On 30 July 2012, Roma announced that the club had signed Destro from Genoa in temporary deal for €11.5 million (€8.5 million cash plus half of the rights to both Giammario Piscitella and Valerio Verre) with option to sign outright for €4.5 million (which meant Destro would cost Roma €16 million in total if the purchase was completed). Destro would replace the Liverpool-bound striker Fabio Borini, whom Roma just sold for €13.3 million.
Destro was the subject of intense transfer speculation during the summer of 2014, being heavily linked by the media with moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid. Destro scored his first goal of the season on 20 September as Roma won 2-0 against. Destro’s 2nd of the season came in the 2-0 victory over Hellas Verona, a 40 yard half volley to seal the victory after Alessandro Florenzi’s earlier strike.
On 15 August 2012, he made his debut with the Italian national team, starting in a friendly match which Italy lost 1–2 against England at Wembley. He was substituted for fellow debutant Diego Fabbrini in the 84th minute. In his third appearance, on 11 September against Malta in the Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena, he scored in the first five minutes for his first international goal, in Italy’s 2–0 win in World Cup qualifying.
He was named in the provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but was one of seven players cut from the final squad.
Playing Position ~ CF, LW, RW
Preferred Foot ~ Right
Strength ~ Finishing, Jumping, Postioning
Weakness ~ Passing
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