During the first press conference after his arrival at Milan, new manager Siniša Mihajlović told the media he was contemplating that Stephan El Shaarawy would adapt to his favorite 4-3-1-2 formation as a midfielder. In the video below, Berlusconi and Mihajlović talk about the future of the club, the mercato and new tactics, but at minute 28, they focus on Il Faraone's role with the team in response to a question by Sky Sports reporter Marco Nosotti:
[...] El Shaarawy is a winger, but we will try him at the midfielder position since he might have the right characteristics to play there. We will evaluate his progress and willingness to play in the new role. I've already talked to him and he's fully available to work on that. We'll see if we can do it.
Berlusconi briefly interrupted him to say what he thinks of Il Faraone:
I've always thought he's a center-left midfielder.
This idea may have been a tad unrealistic to many journalists and fans alike, but created the hope that the club still had a project in mind for El Shaarawy. Evidently, Zio Fester was already thinking about selling him if the opportunity presented itself, and it did in the form of an offer from Monaco. It seems that Il Faraone is joining the French club on a 2m loan with an option to buy worth 15m if he makes at least 15 appearances during the next season. El Shaarawy will undergo his medical on Monday before the contract is concluded.
This transfer will definitely help pad the club's coffers. Il Faraone will enjoy some playing time for a club where wingers are needed, especially after Ferreira Carrasco's transfer to Atlético Madrid, all the while while earning more money than he did at Milan. The deal could be the best thing possible for all parties involved.