The once highly rated Italian superstar Stephan El Shaarawy has been linked with many clubs before, but the latest team could be one of the most ambitious and surprising in recent times.
As per reports in the Sun, Bournemouth are the latest club interested in El Shaarawy, just days after bringing in Roma midfielder Juan Iturbe on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent deal.
The reports suggest parent club AC Milan are struggling to make ends meet financially and are could be ready to sell the Italy international for a fee around £10 million.
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News of the situation has alerted Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who has reacted quickly in making an initial loan bid until the end of the current season, with a view to making the signing permanent in the summer, according to sources in Italy.
Bournemouth will have strong competition for the player, with Roma also rumoured to be very interested and El Shaarawy's preference to stay in Italy, as reported by the Daily Mail.
El Shaarawy is currently on loan in France for club AS Monaco but has failed to hit the heights that people within the Italian football scene had set for him before, leading to Milan thinking about having to cash in on the player.
As mentioned above, Bournemouth have already been busy this transfer window to add further reinforcements in their fight against relegation, with 22-year-old Argentine winger Juan Iturbe from Roma - already considered a coup for the Cherries.
If they manage to pull off this signing, two of the hottest prospects in world football could be lining up at the Vitality Stadium in the near future and further shows just how far the club has come in the last few years.