Gunners to miss out on promising Italy international.
Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their hopes to sign AC Milan’s highly-rated young striker Stephan El Shaarawy after reports in Italy suggested that the player is on the verge of agreeing a new contract with the Serie A giants.
Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the Italy international, who is currently enjoying an eye-catching campaign in front of goal for the Rossoneri, with his 17 strikes in all competitions to date making him the club’s leading scorer.
The Frenchman had been hoping to be able to persuade the 20-year-old striker to swap San Siro for the Emirates come the end of this season, however, if recent reports in Corriere dello Sport are to be believed, then El Shaarawy will shortly put pen to paper on a new five-year contract that will keep the player at Milan until June 2018.
And, with the Italian sports daily also stating that the front man’s release clause in his new contract will be a whopping £35 million, then the North Londoners can now start to move their attentions to other striking targets come the summer.