MILAN – AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club will sign Genoa midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy to a loan deal this season.
The 18-year-old El Shaarawy was loaned to Padova last season and helped the northern club reach a playoff for Serie A, which it lost to Novara.
Galliani says on Milan's website that ''we've acquired him because we think he's ready. He'll definitely stay at Milan for the entire year. El Shaarawy can do extraordinary things.''
El Shaarawy has an Egyptian father but was born in Italy.
Meanwhile, Chelsea forward Didier Drogba is not on AC Milan's wish-list, according to Galliani.
Reports in Italy have claimed that Milan want to replace Antonio Cassano with Stamford Bridge star Drogba this summer.
Cassano is a reported target of Serie A side Fiorentina.
However, Galliani has told Corriere dello Sport: "We are covered in attack and hence, Drogba will not arrive.''
Fernando Torres' big-money move to Chelsea in January led to growing speculation that Drogba could leave the west London club this summer.
The 33-year-old, who is under contract with the Blues for a further year, endured a disappointing second half of last season, scoring just four goals in 20 Premier League appearances.