The battle to sign AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy appears to be heating up considerably, with reports suggesting that Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with a move for the winger.

21-year-old El Shaarawy joined the Serie A giants from rivals Genoa during the summer of 2011 and has established himself as arguably one of Europe's hottest young talents in a subsequent two-year spell at the world famous San Siro.

However, despite this, El Shaarawy's future has been the subject of much confusion in recent months, with the Italian international having been linked with a move away from his homeland.

Among the plethora of teams to have been rumoured to hold an interest include Premier League trio Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool.

However, it appears as if there is now yet more top-flight interest in El Shaarawy's signature.

According to reports cited by the Daily Express, Arsenal have been alerted to his availability following an apparent change of heart from the Milan outfit.

Those aforementioned reports suggest that while initially the club were adverse to parting with the player, that could now have changed with manager Massimiliano Allegri's preference for the enigmatic figure of Mario Balotelli and Allesandro Matri.

It is not difficult to see why El Shaarawy - who is believed to be valued at approximately £25 million - would appeal to long-serving Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, with his versatility ensuring that he is able to play anywhere across the frontline.

Although Arsenal - who currently sit atop of the Premier League despite Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford - are currently well-stocked with a glut of attacking midfield talent, they are very short on quality in the final third and evidently require adequate cover for in-form Frenchman Olivier Giroud.

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