€40m Italy striker flattered by Manchester City link

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AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy has admitted he's flattered by talk of a move to Manchester City but insists he's happy at the San Siro for now.

Reports in Italy had suggested City were closing in on a deal for the Italian international, with a €25m plus Carlos Tevez bid on the table, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Serie 'A' club have been strongly linked with Tevez, and AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed he's keen to bring the Argentinian to the club.

Referring to reports suggesting Tevez was in talks with Juventus, Galliani told Mediaset, "Tevez is not cheating on me."

But the Milan chief also insisted El Shaarawy would not be part of any deal for the Manchester City striker.

"Stephan does not move from AC Milan and we have no offers for [Kevin Prince] Boateng," continued Galliani.

As for the player himself, the latest report in the Manchester Evening News carries quotes attributed to El Shaarawy that support Galliani's claims.

When quizzed on his link with City, El Shaarawy told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, "I've not thought about it, I really don't think I'll leave Milan.

"If it's true that City want me then that's flattering, but I'm really happy at this big club and feel a connection to the place." 

The reports in Italy claimed Milan would be willing to listen to offers for the Italy striker at €40m or above. The reported City bid currently on the table is valued at €40m by La Gazzetta dello Sport - €25m in cash plus the €15m-rated Tevez.

But Milan would face the problem of paying Tevez's wages - the Argentinian reportedly earns €8.5m net a year. The Serie 'A' club has a wage cap fixed by the board at €4m a year plus €1m in bonuses.

20-year-old El Shaarawy, who joined from Genoa two years ago, only just signed a contract extension in February tying him to the club until 2018.

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