According to Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan have agreed to loan deal with an option to buy for 23-year-old post-hype superstar Stephan El Shaarawy.
El Shaarawy has been on loan at Monaco, but the Ligue 1 side have seen enough of the striker to decide not to make the loan permanent. If El Shaarawy had made 25 appearances for Monaco they would have had to sign him for €13 million, but after playing him in 24 games, the French side sent the striker back to Italy.
It did not take Milan long to find another team to take El Shaarawy off their hands as Roma will take the little pharaoh on a six month loan with an option to buy, believed to be in the neighborhood of €12 million, if El Shaarawy makes a certain number of appearances.
El Shaarawy was perhaps the hottest Italian prospect to come along in the past ten years, achieved early success during a torrid six month stretch, hasn’t been able to recreate that since, yet he’s still just 23-years-old.
Roma obviously believes that El Shaarawy can stay healthy and recreate the from he showed in 2012-2013. Since the injuries have really hurt his progression but the fact that he managed to make 24 appearances for Monaco in the first half of the season could be an indication that his injury problems are over.
As for Milan, they are trying to dump squad players in order to free up funds for some big January signings. After Milan’s summer spending spree which saw the club sign the likes of Carlos Bacca and Andrea Bertolacci, the Rossoneri must reach the Champions League next season to balance the books.
However, the Diavolo currently find themselves seven points off third-place and as a result are looking to improve their squad in the transfer window