AC Milan have decided that Stephan El Shaarawy is an expendable talent that can be sold to help facilitate a squad overhaul in 2015, which means the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool can to sign the Italian international for just £11.5 million when the January transfer window opens.
El Shaarawy has failed to match his talent to consistent performances for the Rossoneri over the last 18 months, scoring just one goal this season to put his position in Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi's long-term plans under serious threat.
Premier League clubs looking to beef up their strike options have been handed a huge boost as a result, El Shaarawy can move next month and is even eligible to play in the Champions League should Arsenal, Manchester City or Chelsea want an exciting new option for the knockout stages.
Milan change their minds
El Shaarawy's agent is on record as claiming that it would take a "sensational offer" to prise his client away from the San Siro, but he didn't count on The Express reporting that there's been a surprise change of heart from Milan over the forward's future.
Milan are desperate to earn a return to European football as a minimum objective this season, with changes already being made to give Inzaghi the best chance of delivering that objective. Fernando Torres has been shipped out in favour of a loan deal for Atletico Madrid misfit Alessio Cerci, it looks El Shaarawy could be next on the exit list.
Most likely destination?
Rewind two years and El Shaarawy was arguably the hottest young property in European football, bursting onto the scene as Milan's great young hope and quickly handed the affectionate nickname of the 'Little Pharaoh'.
Things have soured since then though, with injuries and a lack of form seeing El Shaarawy fall well short of expectations. The technically gifted Azzurri striker still has plenty to offer though, so Premier League interest should come as no surprise.
Manchester United have tracked him in the past, while Liverpool & Man City both need cover in attack due to injury problems that Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero just can't seem to shake.
Arsenal meanwhile look fully stocked up front, but when has that stopped Arsene Wenger going into the market for a new versatile forward in the past?
It promises to be a very interesting January window for Milan, who are desperate to improve and may sacrifice El Shaarawy to further their ambitions as a result.
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