A host of Premier League giants including Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool have been stunned after the agent of transfer target Stephan el Shaarawy revealed that his client may make a move to Galatasaray in January.
The Express reports that the Italian striker, who has found himself slipping down the pecking order at AC Milan this season, could be allowed to leave if a big enough offer is tabled, but that it may be Turkey where he ends up, not England.
El Shaarawy is highly-rated around Europe and will no doubt command a subsequently high fee. However Roberto Mancini has his mind set on improving his side, and sees the San Siro starlet as an ideal addition.
What's more surprising is that the player's agent, Roberto la Florio, has chosen to endorse such rumours rather than dispel them.
He said: "Galatasaray are a big club, they play in the Champions League and are very ambitious.
"If Galatasaray are interested then obviously we would consider any offers made.
"It's an honour for a manager like Mancini to be interested in El Shaarawy.
"If our terms are met we would be open to talks."
This spells trouble for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in particular, who all have their own respective striking problems at the moment.
The Premier League trio, who's bosses have all targeted 21-year-old El Shaarawy will surely hope to make moves of their own in the winter transfer window, but it may be too late if Mancini can convince him to make the switch to Gala prior to Christmas.
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