Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy and the Italian side seem to have named their price.

In the past AC Milan have always stated that Italian international striker Stephan El Shaarawy is not for sale at any price, but that may have changed just in time for the January transfer window.

During a magnificent start to the 2012-13 campaign, El Shaarawy led the Serie A scoring charts at the halfway stage, but things have gone downhill since.

The 22-year-old has been blighted by injury, missing more games than he has played over the last couple of seasons, and he is still trying to return to full fitness.

With competition for places up front for Milan fierce and getting even more so with the imminent arrival of Alessio Cerci, El Shaarawy has become somewhat peripheral and it may be that the Rossoneri are ready to cash in their asset.

According to the Quotidiano Sportivo, Milan would be willing to sell El Shaarawy for £12.5 million, but at present have no offers on the table.

It is possible that Liverpool may reignite their interest in El Shaarawy, but they may be wondering if they made the wrong gamble when they snapped up Mario Balotelli for £16 million.

El Shaarawy would certainly be a risk given his fitness problems at such a young age, but at his best he has been lethal and shown signs of world class form.

This may be the ideal time to try and sign him while his stock is low, but at £12.5 million, offers may not be forthcoming.

The player’s agent has called for Premier League suitors, but Borussia Dortmund seem the most actively interested.

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