Roma sign AC Milan forward El Shaarawy

Roma have signed AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy on loan with the view to making the deal permanent in the summer.

El Shaarawy has spent the first half of the season on loan at Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco, but has returned to Serie A, where he will replace Gervinho in Rome.

The 23-year-old was a hot prospect at Milan, scoring 18 goals in the 2012/13 campaign, before injuries and a loss of form led to the club allowing the Italy international to depart.

“I’ve joined Roma to show what I can do – to myself, the coach and the Italian game as a whole,” El Shaarawy said.

“I hope to repay the faith the club is showing in me and therefore I want to give 100 per cent when I play to try to achieve great things here.”

Should the Italy international impress at the Stadio Olimpico, then Roma can sign the player permanently for a fee of €13million.

El Shaarawy is seen as a direct replacement for former Arsenal winger Gervinho, who joined Chinese side Hebei Fortune on Tuesday.