By Luca Momblano
Borussia Dortmund are closely monitoring Stephan El Shaarawy's situation at AC Milan as they prepare for life after Robert Lewandowski, Goal has learned.
The Poland international will leave BVB for Bayern Munich at the end of the season and the Bundesliga giants have earmarked a number of strikers to take his place.
Diego Costa, Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos are three of the names on Dortmund's shortlist, but they have now renewed their interest in El Shaarawy.
Dortmund saw a bid of around €15 million (£12m) for El Shaarawy rejected out of hand by the Rossoneri two summers ago.
The 21-year-old has a difficult relationship with Milan's board of directors ever since they accepted a €25m (£18m) offer from Manchester City for the Italy international in the summer of 2013 against his will.
El Shaarawy is therefore open to a summer transfer and a move to the Bundesliga could be a realistic option for the versatile attacker.
The former Genoa and Padova youngster has a contract with Milan until June 2018, but an offer in the region of €20m (£16.5m) could be enough to lure him away from San Siro.
El Shaarawy enjoyed a superb 2012-13 campaign, scoring 16 goals in 37 Serie A appearances, but a string of injuries have kept him sidelined for the majority of this season.