It’s not certain Roma will sign Stephan El Shaarawy outright from Milan, according to reports.
The forward joined the Giallorossi in January after an unsuccessful loan spell at Monaco in Ligue 1, and hit the ground running with five goals and two assists in his first seven games.
However, the subsequent eight appearances have brought just one goal, and Calciomercato reports the Lupi are starting to have doubts about an outright transfer.
El Shaarawy can be purchased outright for a fee of €13m, and it’s thought the price isn’t a problem, but the method of payment could be.
Roma are operating under Financial Fair Play restrictions, and if they pay that sum before June 30 it will count as a violation.
The Giallorossi must therefore negotiate with Milan to postpone the payment, given El Shaarawy’s loan expires at the end of June, therefore voiding the clause.
There are also doubts over the player’s injury record, though he has enjoyed a largely uninterrupted season this term.
Also in El Shaarawy’s favour is the fact that he is Italian, meaning he counts as one of the necessary eight players from the same nation in a Champions League squad.