Wenger is famously hesitant in spending in the winter window for the unnecessary premium placed on players by their clubs and agents, and that seems to be the case with one of our targets with Stephan El Shaarawy’s agent claiming it will take a sensational bid to price him away from Italy in January.
The Italian International has been a target for both Arsenal and Liverpool as both clubs seek to add more staff to the strength of the team going into the second half of the season. El Shaarawy is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe since breaking through in 2011. He has somewhat not been regular this season, igniting the inquiries of both Premier League clubs. His agent, however, believe he won’t be quick to leave unless a bogus appeal is tabled.
“I have not been contacted by Borussia Dortmund, nor by Roma, nor by any other club,” the representative said.
“Stephan will not leave Milan in January unless there is a sensational offer, the type that no-one can be sure will arrive,” he said.
“He is at the centre of the Milan project, and the relationship with the Coach and the environment is excellent.”
The agent here mentions Dortmund, as there had been reports that the Germans had been lining up a move for El Shaarawy as the potential department for Premier League-bound Marco Reus. It all makes for a network of transfers which maybe depend on another to come through, but it seems it will be more about the money offered that about any other factor. Arsenal and Liverpool have treaded a few when it comes to player transfer this season, Alexis having chosen London over Merseyside in the last summer.
However, El Shaarawy is no Alexis, and the 22-year old has not actually had a very good season at the San Siro this season under the full reign of Pipo Inzaghi, scoring just once in 11 Serie A games, and you kind of wonder the sense behind requiring such a huge bid to get him. For all the promise he has shown in his career so far, it’s been pretty much similar with the situation of a former youngster at Milan, Alexandre Pato, who showed much initial promise, being frequently linked with Arsenal, but failed to live up to the billing.
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