According to the Evening Standard, Manchester United have suffered a major blow in their pursuit of West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic, with the Hammers making it clear the 29-year-old isn’t for sale. The Red Devils were linked with the £50m-rated Austrian international but will be rebuffed in their efforts to sign him.
Arnautovic joined West Ham from Stoke City last summer and enjoyed a dream debut season at the London Stadium, contributing 19 goals in 35 games in all competitions, and had been tipped to re-join Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho whom he made three appearances for at Inter Milan.
Given the Red Devils already have Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford for attacking options next season, Mourinho may feel he doesn’t need to add to the squad. The Portuguese coach has said as much previously, so it’s unlikely a deal will be done for Arnautovic.
That’s not to say the 29-year-old wouldn’t improve the United attack, however, as he’s impressively scored and created 66 goals in 156 Premier League games, but if the Manchester giants are going to spend £50m on a new forward this summer, it won’t be Arnautovic.