Tuesday June 7 2011
Inter miss out on El Shaarawy

Inter have reportedly had a €10m offer for Italian teenage sensation Stephan El Shaarawy rejected by Genoa.

The attacking midfielder, who won't be 19 until October, has helped inspire Padova into the Serie B play-offs this term while on loan from Marassi.

El Shaarawy, born to an Italian mother and Egyptian father, is one of the country's most interesting prospects.

He's been linked with a flurry of clubs in recent times after his progress and, according to the transfer rumour mill, Inter chief Massimo Moratti has already had a bid rejected.

It's understood that Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi wants to keep hold of the youngster for at least one more campaign.

Inter, though, are not alone in the hunt for the player as demonstrated by reports linking Milan with a bid.

"The player's future is in the hands of Preziosi," agent Roberto La Florio told Notizario Sportivo. "However, the good relationship that Genoa have with both clubs is well known.

"As for Stephan, he still has a lot to prove and I think he'll spend next term at Genoa to confirm himself in Serie A too. Then we'll see."

El Shaarawy, recently called up by Italian Under-21 boss Ciro Ferrara, made his Serie A debut at the age of 16 in December 2008's game between Chievo and Genoa.

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