Italian press believe the player MUST move to save World Cup dream, could Arsenal save him?
Forward Stephan El Shaarawy has endured a tough 2013 due to injury and criticisms over his form. When the January window opens the Italian should be closing in on full-match fitness, and according to Italian press MUST move on, otherwise could face being cut from the final Azzurri World Cup squad.
Stephan El Shaarawy has said on numerous occasions that it is not his wish, nor desire to leave the San Siro, and has previously received public backing from vice-president Adriano Galliani. The Italian entrepreneur was an avid fan of the flamboyant star and knocked back interest from clubs in the past.
However, developments over the last couple of days has seen Adriano Galliani leave AC Milan, announcing ''I will resign for a very good reason after the Ajax game'' so it will be interesting to see how his outspoken supporter at the club leaving, will affect him.
According to reports, the 21-year-old has been the subject of interest from his old club Genoa over a possible loan deal. Genoa are apparently keen on salvaging the players reputation in the national game, and getting their former young star on the plane to Brazil.
Previously the player had been the talk of transfer speculation for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Galatasaray, Real Madrid...etc but due to a fairly uninspiring 10 months in the game, his stock has seemingly fell to a level where a mid-table Serie A side could capture his signature, even if only for a short time.
Arsenal would have the advantage if they were to strike while the iron is hot on El Shaarawy. Once tipped to become one of the world's best, the 21-year-old is being judged like he should be at the very pinnacle of his career, not a young player still learning.
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