The 20-year-old struck up a good understand with Mario Balotelli last term, and is one of the Rossoneri's prized assets.

The precocious Italian has been chased by a whole host of top European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City and Monaco.

Though Manchester City and Arsenal have since cooled their interest in El Shaarawy, Blues boss Jose Mourinho has identified him as a transfer target.

Sources in Italy convey that El Shaarawy could be available for around £30m.