Gunners and Reds to tempt AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy
Premier League giants Arsenal, who are 22/1 with Coral to be Champions League winners, and Liverpool are rumoured to be tracking AC Milan sensation Stephan El Shaarawy.
The Rossoneri reportedly have financial worries, and could be set to offload a star player in January in an attempt to offset expected losses of around £70m.
Highly-rated wingman El Shaarawy supposedly has a long list of admirers in Europe, making him likely to be sacrificed.
The 22-year-old’s brother and agent Manuel has already alerted top clubs, by claiming: “If he leaves Milan, I’d like to see him play in England, because the Premier League is a competition that is very attractive.”
Whist the Gunners are already well-stocked in offence, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already at the club, Brendan Rodgers’ Reds are expected to add extra firepower in the January sales.
The greater chance of first team football on offer at Anfield could potentially swing any transfer auction in Liverpool’s favour, but Serie A rivals Roma and struggling Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are also rumoured to be interested.
Part-exchange deals for the Italy international have been mooted but Milan are likely to prefer cash, with sibling Manuel stating: “Stephan will not leave Milan in January unless there is a sensational offer, the type that no-one can be sure will arrive.”
Exciting talent El Shaarawy, dubbed the ‘Little Pharoah’ due to his Egyptian heritage, has spent three and a half seasons with the Italian giants.
The adaptable attacker, who can be deployed on either winger or as a support striker, made his breakthrough in 2012/13, grabbing 16 Serie A goals for the Rossoneri. An injury-plagued season followed those exploits, however, with the Genoa academy product spending much of 2013/14 on the sidelines.
Inconsistent this campaign, having netted just once in 11 appearances, it may not be a bad idea for El Shaarawy to seek pastures new.
The promising youngster’s eye for goal could prove vital for Brendan Rodgers’ Reds, if Liverpool, 12/1 to win the Europa League, could lure the 11-capped Italy wideman to Anfield.
Rodgers’ Reds are relying almost solely on Raheem Sterling, recent recipient of the European Golden Boy Award, to provide the edge in attack, with summer signings Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert largely disappointing.