AC Milan have told Liverpool that £11.5million will be enough to persuade them to part with Stephen El Shaarawy in the January transfer window, according to reports in the Daily Express.
Despite scoring a brace in yesterday's 4-2 friendly win over Real Madrid, El Shaarawy has been plagued by injury and poor form this season, and is purportedly surplus to requirements at the San Siro.
Il Faraone's brother and agent, Manuel El Shaarawy, previously suggested that only a 'sensational' offer would be enough to land the player, but that longer appears to be the case and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has an opportunity to strike a deal.
“I have not been contacted by any club,” the representative said earlier in the month.
“Stephan will not leave Milan in January unless there is a sensational offer, the type that no-one can be sure will arrive."
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Liverpool face competition from Borussia Dortmund for the 22-year-old, who are reportedly planning a swap deal which would involve struggling Ciro Immobile returning to Serie A.
It's no surprise to see Rodgers linked with a striker, given the struggles of the forward line at Anfield following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
Both Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert arrived on Merseyside to replace the Uruguayan, but neither have found top form for Liverpool. Injuries continue to burden Daniel Sturridge, amplifying the problem.
Raheem Sterling has, at times, been asked to shoulder the striker burden and lead the line for the Reds, but El Shaarawy is perhaps a more natural fit to lead the line as Liverpool fight for a return to the Champions League with a top four finish in the Premier League this season.