If you can stretch your memory back several summers, before Rudi Garcia's whimsical ways befuddled us all, before the rebirth then retrograde of Gervinho, and even before we knew what Aurelio Andreazzoli looked like then you might recall what a tremendous pain in the ass it was to snag Mattia Destro in the first place. Remember, Roma had to traverse a complicated three-way co-ownership quagmire to obtain his signature from Siena and Genoa respectively, so should we really be surprised that his future, at all of 24-years-old, remains just as muddied now was it was back then?
In case you're new around here, we'll bring you up to speed: Roma sent Destro, last season's leading scorer, to Milan on a six month loan with an option to buy set at €16m, Destro hasn't performed well enough for the ownership-in-flux Milanese side to fork over that kind of cake, which has led to a curious set of circumstances. Destro is, at least partially, wanted by each club, yet the one that holds his rights (Roma) seemingly have no use for him while the other who, due to several years of mismanagement, has the desire but not the dough.
Given this lack of clarity, it should come as no surprise that not even the people who follow the sport for a living have any idea where Mr. Right will be come August. In the past 48-72 hours alone, Destro was either a) returning to Roma to form an awkward partnership with Seydou Doumbia, b) extending his loan at Milan, c) returning to Roma at the expense of Doumbia, or d) somehow ending up in Sampdoria because Milan was attempting to lowball Roma, not on the sale amount, but the loan amount; and all this, mind you, for a player who scored 13 goals in little more than half a season. Teams should be bending over backwards to get a kid with his track record, not quibbling over him like a pile of leftovers.
Regardless of who else Roma may or may not retain following this disappointing season, this figures to be the story of the summer and may be the defining moment of Walter Sabatini's career with Roma. This was always a controversial move, and either way it's beginning to look like Roma is in a no-win situation; welcome him back and risk team chemistry in the process, or let him walk for a scintilla of a profit and play the part of the fool.