Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been given a potential transfer boost in their pursuit of AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy.
The Italian international forward has been linked with a move away from the San Siro in the recent past, with Gunners chief Arsene Wenger one of those credited with an interest in the 20-year-old.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was also reportedly considering a swoop for the player, with The Daily Mirror reporting last month that the former Genoa starlet would cost in the region of £20million.
And, the north London rivals will have been given transfer hope in their pursuit of the versatile youngster, with brother Manuel El Shaarawy becoming the player’s agent and revealing that ‘new scenarios’ will be considered.
“My father and I, we always run the various decisions about the situation of Stephan, assisted by Roberto La Florio, always very close to our family,” he told TMW.
“Now I will devote myself full-time to Stephan, then we'll see if there will be new scenarios.”
Whether the new scenario could mean a move to the Premier League is up for debate, but both Wenger and Villas-Boas can take heart from the remarks.
Arsenal have made a fine start to the season after a defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, and sit at the summit of the English top flight.
However, the club lack depth up-front, with Olivier Giroud the only legitimate option available at the Emirates Stadium.
El Shaarawy would give Arsenal an extra dimension, and also offer his manager an option out wide in an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation.
As for Tottenham Hotspur, they too lack depth in attack, despite the addition of Roberto Soldado at White Hart Lane this summer.
The Spurs boss also has Jermain Defoe at his disposal, but appears less keen on Emmanuel Adebayor, who is out of favour under the former Porto chief.
Landing El Shaarawy ahead of their local rivals would be a major transfer coup for Tottenham, but he certainly won't come cheap if a transfer battle ensues in the New Year.