The eventful 2017-18 season has just been over and the Premier League clubs are already busy in tying down their transfer targets. The window will be closed prior to the inaugural fixture of the upcoming campaign, therefore, the participating outfits are keen on striking deals before next months World Cup event.
Manchester United, despite being the runners-up last season, were no match for their ‘noisy neighbors’ Manchester City who broke several records en route to conquering the league throne. Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils boss, is expecting another high-spending window to close the gap and challenge for the glory. They are reportedly closing in on Selecao international midfielder Fred, however, the latest report regarding West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic has baffled the fans.
The 29-year-old attacker completed a £25m ( including add-ons) deal from Stoke City last summer and enjoyed a successful spell with 11 goals and 6 assists in 31 league games. Arnautovic, predominantly a left-winger, settled in well as a centre-forward under David Moyes and played a huge role in their survival in a complicated relegation battle. The Austrian had a brief spell at Inter Milan (on loan) almost a decade back where he played for Mourinho three times but was not acquired permanently after the gaffer described him as ‘a fantastic person but has the attitude of a child’.
Yet they shared a special bond those days and the player, now grown up and vastly experienced in Premier League circuit, is being lined up by the Portuguese tactician for a reunion at the Theatre of Dreams. West Ham, however, has recently appointed highly-rated Chilean Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss who won Manchester City the league title four years back and it will take more than £50m for Manchester United to strike a deal for the Hammers’ star performer.
Manchester United interested in signing West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic. Player not for sale. Would cost more than £50m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) May 30, 2018
Manchester United already have the likes of Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez, and Anthony Martial to feature in a similar role and the asking fee is indeed too high to invest in someone who will only be increasing their bench strength and unlikely to feature regularly due to the presence of several top-notch attackers ahead of him who are already competing among themselves to register a first-team slot.