Chelsea boosted in pursuit of Stephan El Shaarawy

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Italy international Stephan El Shaarawy could be forced out of AC Milan this summer, the 21-year-old’s agent has admitted. The forward is keen to stay with the Rossoneri but interested Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea have been put on red alert after Manuel El Shaarawy, the player’s brother and agent, revealed Milan will ultimately decide whether he stays or goes.

El Shaarawy has made just six Serie A appearances in an injury-hit campaign and could leave the club if Milan boss Clarence Seedorf and other officials at the San Siro decide to cash in on the 21-year-old, who was considered the club’s best young player before the start of this season.

With no goals to his name this term, and following the emergence of wonderkid Hachim Mastour, there appears to be a real chance that Milan will put El Shaarawy up for sale - opening the door for a possible transfer to either Chelsea or Arsenal before the end of the summer transfer window on September 2.

"He always put in the performances when fit and his last two appearances showed he has found his form after a long lay-off," his agent and brother, Manuel El Shaarawy, told Football Italia. "Will his future be at Milan? We'll have to wait and see what the club decides.

"Stephan is certainly an important player, but there are many changes going on.

"He has always been a Milan fan, so the intention is to stay, but we need to evaluate all the situations. We have to see what Milan decides."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is in the market for strikers this summer. The Portuguese coach may allow Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o to all leave Stamford Bridge this summer, while deals to bring Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa and Bayern Munich frontman Mario Mandzukic to west London are also believed to be at an advanced stage.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are looking to sign at least one more striker to ease the burden on France international Olivier Giroud. El Shaarawy, who has scored 24 goals in 82 appearances for Milan, could be the perfect acquisition for the Gunners.

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