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Arsenal plan double AC Milan transfer raid as Serie A giants confirm fire sale
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has indicated the club could offload some of its lesser-used younger players over the next few weeks, with Premier League clubs set to snap up some of the more promising talents.
Arsenal in particular have been linked with moves for Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia De Sciglio, as they look to fill gaping holes in their squad in chase of a UEFA Champions League place at the end of the season.
The Gunners have money to spend, and January could be the time to take advantage with AC Milan looking to cut costs as soon as possible.
One youngster the club would like to keep hold of in an ideal world is 20-year-old Stephan El Shaarawy.
Allegri put a shot across the precocious youngster’s bows, hinting there could be an issue between the Italy international and himself.
“Stephan is doing very well but he is still only 20 and has room for improvement in a lot of different areas of his game.”
He would be of particular interest to Premier League clubs, with Arsenal still on the lookout for a striker to replace Robin Van Persie – and despite Allegri’s words, every player has his price.
Of the pair of targets listed by this source it seems clear that the most eye-catching is that of young Italian forward Stephan El Shaarawy, a player Arsene Wenger will know well from the two encounters between Arsenal and AC Milan in Champions League action last term.
The 20 year old attacker has matured a great deal over the past nine months and has greatly improved since moving into a more orthodox striking role than in his previous floating wide position where he was frequently ineffective and wasteful.
The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri will a big void to fill and having impressed in pre-season in the role El Shaarawy has taken the mantle as the club’s chief striker with aplomb this term.
El Shaarawy has netted 15 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions this season and has attracted a great deal of interest in the process. His form led to a full national team call-up and has since scored against France.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has been on something of a cost cutting drive, selling the aforementioned Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG. However the former Italian PM has stated publicly that he wouldn’t choose to sell the club’s young talent, claiming that sales would be in relation to the long term future of the club and clearly losing a player of El Shaarawy’s potential wouldn’t go down well with the club’s supporters.
Arsene Wenger could well do with a player of El Shaarawy’s abilities and clearly the Italian would fit with his youthful transfer ethos, though clearly any successful offer for the AC Milan man would have to involve the North London side smashing their record transfer fee.
Olivier Giroud had appeared to pick up his form a touch over the past two months but hasn’t scored in his last five games and his record of four Premier League goals in 16 matches is by no means prolific. Arguably El Shaarawy may be a player who better suits the approach play Arsenal are renowned for.
The young AC Milan forward is very comfortable on the ball and can interchange his position where as Giroud is very much a ‘does what is says on the tin’ style of centre-forward, not the kind that one would usually associate with the Gunners under Arsene Wenger.
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