Chelsea's potential move for AC Milan wonderkid Stephan El Shaarawy could have hit a stumbling block after AC Milan stated that they will turn down any bids for their prized asset.
The 20-year-old is widely seen as one of Italy's most exciting youngsters, and he has burst into the Milan team this season. He made 46 appearances for Milan last season, scoring 19 goals in the process. And it is this form that has attracted the interest of former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who is looking to add to his Chelsea squad this summer.
Reports emerged recently that Fernando Torres could be used as a make-weight of any potential deal that brings El Shaarawy to Stamford Bridge. But Milan have categorically denied any potential deal is in the making, and were quick to publish this on their official website.
The statement read: "There has been a meeting between Adriano Galliani, Stephan El Shaarawy and the young star's entourage. Everything went well. Stephan has always been an AC Milan fan and has reiterated his determination to continue playing for the Rossoneri.
"That pledge was reciprocated by Milan, with conviction. Milan and El Shaarawy will move forward together, as they have since 2011. No more talk of the transfer market, no more rumours. AC Milan, the Rossoneri colours and the Faroune will absolutely continue on together."
It has recently been reported that Chelsea have given up their pursuit of Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, with the Serie A club's asking price for the Uruguayan too high.
Because of this, Mourinho briefly turned his attention to Egyptian born El Shaarawy, but AC Milan are not interested in any deal to sell the 20-year-old.
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