After a disappointing loan stint at French club AS Monaco, Italian forward Stephan El Sharaawy has agreed to a deal with the Serie A rivals of parent club AC Milan.
The half-Italian, half-Egyptian forward had his breakthrough season at the San Siro in 2012-13, but has since failed to live up to the lofty expectations and was loaned out to AS Monaco last summer on a season-long deal, with the option for the French club to buy the 23-year-old.
After failing to impress at Monaco, the striker is now on the move to Milan’s Serie A rivals AS Roma.
Move to the capital
The Roman club will pay AC Milan 1.4 million Euros for the initial loan deal, and have the option of permanently transferring the player for a price of 13 million Euros. The move to the Italian capital will be a chance for the Italian to prove himself in the capital, after failing at the San Siro.
“I’ve joined Roma to show what I can do – to myself, the coach and the Italian game as a whole,” El Sharaawy told Roma TV. [via: fourfourtwo.com]
“I hope to repay the faith the club is showing in me and therefore I want to give 100 per cent when I play to try and achieve great things here.”
El Sharaawy was a very highly rated player in his initial playing years at AC Milan, after he became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and scoring 19 goals for them in the 2012-13 season. Unfortunately, he was plagued by injury after that and made only 28 appearances for Milan in the following two seasons.
The move to Roma could prove beneficial for El Sharaawy, as he joins a team on the rise and will hope to seek guidance from Italian legends like Francesco Totti and Danielle de Rossi.