Reports in Italy claim that Ligue 1 club AS Monaco intend to terminate Stephan El Shaarawy's loan deal and send him back to Milan in January. The deal was formulated on the basis of a loan with an obligation to buy once El Shaarawy made a certain number of appearances for the Monégasque club. El Shaarawy's next appearance will trigger the €15 million buyout clause, and it appears as though Monaco have no intention of keeping Il Faraone on a permanent basis. El Shaarawy has struggled at Monaco, as he has scored just 2 goals in 21 appearances, and has yet to register a goal or an assist in 15 Ligue 1 games.
With rumored interest from Serie A clubs Lazio and Genoa, it appears that El Shaarawy's future is very much up in the air. The Italian winger burst onto the scene in 2012 and single-handedly carried Milan for the first half of the season, finishing the term with 19 goals. His next two seasons at Milan were marred by frequent injuries and poor form, and culminated in his summer move to Monaco.
It seems as though El Shaarawy's future is away from Milan, but how well would Il Faraone fit in as a wide midfielder in Milan's 4-4-2 formation? El Shaarawy's best games of the year have been when he was playing for Italy on the side of their 4-4-2 where his quickness, work rate, and trickery was on full display. Despite the fact that a move away from Milan seems inevitable, El Shaarawy would fit in well at Milan, if his injuries are truly behind him.