Milan starlet puts United & Chelsea on transfer alert

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Manchester United and Chelsea have been put back on alert by Stephan El Shaarawy.

The AC Milan starlet, who was linked with a move to both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, has struggled for first team opportunities this term after switching to the San Siro from Genoa.

And it's a lack of game-time which has left the attacking midfielder considering his future, according to agent Roberto La Florio, with a move to England now a realistic possibility.

"Thre is a question mark over the future of Stephan at this moment,” La Florio told

“In Italy the coaches are struggling to give more space to young people, especially in big clubs. We should instead follow the example of the English teams: If Stephan was playing in England he would surely play as a starter.

“What I can say is that there will be a discussion with the club in the coming weeks and then we will see. We will make the best choice for Stephan and the Rossoneri."

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas brought a new philosophy to west London on arrival as the club's new manager this summer.

The former Porto chief made moves to bring young players to the club, with Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku three examples of players who were purchased with the future of Chelsea in mind.

And, after a disappointing start to the campaign at Chelsea, Villas-Boas is again expected to take to the transfer market in January, with Italian U21 international El Shaarawy fitting the bill for the Blues.

Manchester United, meanwhile, were linked with a handful of playmakers during the summer transfer window, with Wesley Sneijder reported to be the closest to an Old Trafford move in pre-season.

Whilst the Red Devils failed to add a player in the position, Sir Alex Ferguson did spend big on young players, bringing Phil Jones and David de Gea to the club for big fees.

The Scot has been willing to trust in young players this term, with Tom Cleverley impressing in a central midfield role following the retirement of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

However, an injury to the young England international has coincided with a run of poor form at Manchester United, leaving many to predict that Ferguson will again turn to the transfer window when it opens in the New Year.

Kaka is another player who has been linked with a move, and now El Shaarawy is a name to add to the possible list of targets for Manchester United in 2012.

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