AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy has been linked with a number of Premier League sides, but reports from Europe today claim he could be on his way to Turkey as part of a swap deal involving Wesley Sneijder.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with the Italy international who had a spectacular start to last season with 16 goals in 24 games prior to Christmas 2012. However, he fell down the pecking order with the arrival of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City. El Shaarawy scored two in 21 games from the turn of the year to the end of last season and has just 63 minutes of football under his belt so far this term.
Reports from Turkey claim that El Shaarawy is now a target for Galatasaray, but what makes this story interesting is that the Istanbul side’s coach Roberto Mancini is prepared to do a swap deal involving Wesley Sneijder. The Holland international was linked this month with interest from Manchester United, again in a part-exchange for United’s Portugese winger Nani.
Sneijder spent four years at Milan’s local arch-rivals Inter before moving to Galatasaray in January; however, he was pretty much bounced into a move after being told he wouldn’t play for Inter again unless he agreed to a deep cut to his 10million euro a year salary.
Mancini was linked with El Shaarawy last season when he was manager of Manchester City. Reports from Italy this summer claimed the Sky Blues were preparing a bid of 40million euro (£34million) for the 21-year-old, nicknamed ‘The Pharoah’ by Milan fans due to his Egyptian ancestry, but there turned out to be no truth in the story.