AC Milan–owned Stephan El Shaarawy is set to be benched by current club Monaco, who are reluctant to grant the Italian his 25th appearance and commit to the player’s required €13 million buyout clause.
Il Faraone left Milan after a lengthy injury spell to try and find some form with the French side, but despite an initial €3m commitment upon the agreed loan between the clubs, Monaco have decided to avoid any obligatory purchase.
In his 24 appearances, El Shaarawy featured 15 times in Ligue 1, six times in the Europa League, and in three preliminary rounds of the Champions League.
The disappointing announcement inevitably leaves Milan feeling somewhat irritated, as the club will either need to find a new destination for the 23-year-old, or watch him languish on the bench with Les Rouges et Blancs.
With Giacomo Bonaventura the mainstay on the left wing, the Rossoneri and Adriano Galliani in particular are keen to find another club willing to take a chance on the Italy international and meet the San Siro outfit’s €14m asking price.
El Shaarawy’s former club Genoa are among those interested, but with the Grifone likely to shell out the sums expected by the Rossoneri.
Further links include Roma as another potential Serie A destination, while multiple Premier League clubs could chime in with an offer of their own.
Il Faraone scored three goals for Monaco, twice in the Europa League and once in the Champions League preliminary rounds, but has failed to find the back of the net in Ligue 1 so far.
Adapted from article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Alessandra Gozzini