Man United Target AC Milan Starlet Stephan El Shaarawy

Old Trafford side target young Italian international.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly monitoring AC Milan teenager Stephan El Shaarawy after identifying the Italian international as a potential addition to his Old Trafford ranks following a prolonged scouting assessment of the 19 year old attacker.

The Man United boss is looking to take advantage of the Serie A side’s current crisis that has left boss Massimiliano Allegri’s future hanging in the balance after he saw arguably his two best players; Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sold by the club’s owner Silvio Berlusconi.

AC Milan have as a result struggled thus far this season, losing three of their first four domestic league encounters and opening their Champions League challenge with a goalless home draw with Anderlecht.

El Shaarawy is considered a player with a great deal of potential who is yet to get a consistent run of first team football in order to bed him into the senior game.

The young forward has most often been used in a cameo role coming off the bench and can play either in an orthodox striking role or more frequently in a wide attacking slot.

Sir Alex Ferguson has adopted a youthful transfer policy over recent seasons and has earmarked a move for the AC Milan man and even though El Shaarawy is contracted to the Rossoneri until 2017 such is the unstable atmosphere at the San Siro side there is a chance that the Man United boss could lure the youngster to the Premier League.

In recent seasons the Scot has brought in young additions who have made instant impacts in the Man United first team with the likes of Javier Hernandez, David de Gea, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all proving intelligent purchases. This summer Ferguson continued this policy by bringing in young Englishman Nick Powell and Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez.

El Shaarawy collected his first senior Italian national team cap against England in September.

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