Wenger hints at January transfer swoop for Serie A top goalscorer El Shaarawy after refusing to rule out move for Milan star
12:36 GMT, 18 December 2012
Arsene Wenger could be ready to bolster Arsenal’s front line in the January transfer window with an audacious bid for highly-rated AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old for some time and Wenger has expressed his admiration of the Italian striker.
Wenger believes the Italy international would effortlessly slot into his side and believes his technical ability and speed make him an ideal signing.
Admirer: Arsene Wenger refused to rule out a move for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy
The Frenchman told Eurosport: ‘El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine.’
But Wenger will have a fight on his hands if he wants to land Serie A’s top goalscorer.
Milan are reluctant to part with El Shaarawy, who has scored 14 goals so far in the league, and are keen to get value for money should the 25million-rated striker push for a move in January.
Another stumbling block for Wenger is that the youngster would be loath to leave the Rossoneri, as a life-long fan of the club.
But despite the remote prospect of landing El Shaarawy in January, Wenger refused to rule out a move.
This weekend he said: ‘You never know. I just say I love the way he plays.’
Despite El Shaarawy’s exceptional season, his side sit in seventh place in Serie A after a disappointing start to their campaign.
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Wenger is ready for a busy January transfer window, and has already been linked with a move for Barcelona right back Daniel Alves to improve his side's defensive record.
El Shaarawy isn't the only striker he has his eye on. Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry could make a return to the Emirates on loan in Januray, and Newcastle hitman Demba Ba could yet be persuaded to swap Tyneside for north London.
Meanwhile, Arsenal hammered Premier League strugglers Reading 5-2 at the Madejski Stadium last night, as they bounced back from last week's crippling defeat at the hands of Bradford in the Capital One Cup.
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