Stephan El Shaarawy looks like a fantastic signing for AS Roma after scoring in his second successive match after joining the club on loan from AC Milan while retaining the option for a permanent move.
Following on from scoring a back heel golazo, El Shaarawy showed a striker’s instinct for goals when he sniffed out a chance and beat a Sassuolo defender to the ball to seal a 2-0 win.
Stephan El Shaarawy has completed a loan move to AS Roma from AC Milan and despite reports to the contrary, the forward is still a big deal in Italian football.
Nicknamed The Pharaoh because of his Egyptian background, El Shaarawy shot to fame when he starred for Milan as a 20-year-old topping the Serie A charts briefly before his injury hell began.
Now 24, he’s looking to reignite his career in the Italian capital after a lacklustre spell at Monaco concluded with the French side opting not to sign him. Watch the Italian media mob him on his arrival in Rome below.
Bad news for Chelsea fans: Radamel Falcao will not be returning to Monaco this January.
News that the Colombian could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge circled last week after news reports claimed El Tigre had been spotted back at parent club AS Monaco.
On Saturday the Ligue 1 side were in action as they were held to a 2-2 home draw with GFC Ajaccio, and after the match Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev spoke to the media about Falcao’s return and the future of Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy:
Falcao is currently injured. He has six to eight weeks to go like that. We have decided not to take him back to Monaco for the moment.
El Shaarawy is not any more in the project of the head coach of Monaco. We are currently negotiating to find a solution. Maybe it’s not a comeback in Milan. It could be elsewhere.
We are not planning to make him play again. That’s not planned. He’s a great player with a lot of qualities. He’s an international player with Italy. We need to find the right solution for everyone. I hope we will.
Stephan El Shaarawy has yet to score in Ligue 1 for Monaco in 15 appearances while on loan from AC Milan.
Bournemouth have made an enquiry about AC Milan attacker Stephan El Shaarawy, according to a transfer report by Sky Sports Italia. The Italy international’s future is up in the air after a substandard loan spell at Monaco.
The French club decided to only play El Shaarawy 24 times as a 25th appearance would force them to buy the player.
Now Bournemouth are making an ambitious move for the 23-year-old just a few days after pipping Watford to the signature of Roma attacker Juan Iturbe. Roma are apparently the biggest rivals to the Cherries in this case.
Nicknamed the Pharaoh, El Shaarawy was once the golden boy of Italian football when he was banging the goals in for AC Milan but a relentless series of injuries derailed his progress and left him on the scrapheap.
Perhaps a move to the lovable Premier League underdogs is the tonic that his career so badly needs.
AC Milan have wished their attacker Stephan El Shaarawy a happy 22nd birthday by releasing a video compilation of his individual highlights.
The forward has struggled with injury problems over the last two years but it must be remembered what he is capable of when he is fit.
Sicknote El Shaarawy has only managed to bag one goal since the start of last season so hopefully he can get a consistent run of games under his belt in a bid recover the form he showed before his health troubles began.
Olympiakos trounced AC Milan 3-0 in a pre-season friendly in America on Thursday night, and in a match with few happy moments for the Rossoneri, the highlight for the Italians came courtesy of a pitch invader.
As extra time ticked over at the end of the game, one man jumped onto the pitch and he immediately starting running towards the centre-circle.
In a comedy twist, as the man made his approach to the middle of the pitch, he slipped and tripped up AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy.
El Shaarawy neatly managed to maintain his balance, and seconds later the cheeky trespasser whipped out his mobile phone and stole a selfie with the Italian attacker.
AC Milan lost at Atalanta today, which makes this clip all the more relevant.
With the score at 1-1, El Shaarawy went on a lovely slaloming run into the box, but when he should have squared it on getting within goal range, he instead went for the shot from an acute angle, while Balotelli was waiting inside the six yard box.
Balo let him know, having a pop and avoiding eye contact lest he really tell him what he felt.
Balotelli was probably justifiably aggrieved here, El Shaarawy believing he was Messi for a minute there.