Bologna newspaper Il Resto del Carino are reporting that Newcastle are interested in Bologna’s 26-year-old Italian International striker Mattia Destro.
The player joined Bologna from Roma back in 2015 and has played for all the Italian youth sides including getting 8 full caps for his country.
Other clubs reported to be interested are Watford and Deportivo.
It seems that Rafa rates the striker from his time as a coach in Serie A with both Inter Milan and Napoli.
Mattia Destro – 26-year-old Italian International striker
He has scored 24 goals in 78 appearances for Bologna and previously played for AC Milan, Genoa, and AC Siena, as well as Roma.
H hasn’t had a particularly prolific season for Bologna with 5 goals in 18 appearances.
In his career, he has scored 72 goals in 210 games, so he scores about one goal in three games.
But one surprising thing is that Bologna coach Roberto Donadoni has questioned his attitude and has recently been dropped.
Maybe that’s what the interest with the striker now almost certain to leave Bologna this summer.
Destro is a quick striker with excellent technique and an ability to play off of his teammates, and those skills would certainly interest Rafa Benitez.
He has also known to be an accurate finisher and makes attacking runs into the penalty area.
Since Newcastle will be after two strikers this summer, we should expect Newcastle to be linked with many different strikers this summer.
So what’s new?