The agent of Milan hotshot Stephan El Shaarawy has revealed that Milan beat off competition from Juventus and Inter to sign the highly-rated forward.
Rossoneri agreed a €10 million deal with Genoa for the talented striker in the summer of 2011, and thus secured the signing of one of world’s hottest prospects.
The player’s representative, however, reveals that Milan could have easily missed out on El Shaarawy.
“The Rossoneri netted him thanks to some speedy business,” agent Roberto La Florio told Sky Sport Italia.
“He was being watched by Inter and Juventus, but Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, with a lightening strike, signed him.”
The 19-year-old had a slow start to his career at San Siro, scoring just 2 goals in 22 Serie A appearances during his first season at the club.
Nevertheless, he has shown a massive improvement this term, netting 4 times in 7 league games for the Rossoneri.
El Sharawy has been given a real run in the side following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, although he has also profited from injuries to Alexandre Pato and Robinho.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli also recognized the player’s potential and called him for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark.