With the transfer window wide open and in full flow West Ham have yet again issued a “not for sale” notice regaining their star striker Marko Arnautovic. This is despite comments from the players brother and agent stating he wants to go.
The Austrian who has scored 7 goals in the premier league this season, is believed to be a target of an unnamed Chinese team who have tabled a bid of £35m which the club have turn down.
Speaking to Talk sport radio om Thursday his Agent/ brother Danijel Arnautovic said it was his clients “great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China”. While a west ham spokesperson defending the club’s decision by saying;
“Marko has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale.”
The contract mentioned has another three seasons remaining after the player committed to a long term deal when he became the clubs record signing joining them from Stoke for £20m in July 2017.
Continuing his conversation with Talk Sport Danijel Arnautovic added;
“West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market. They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players' award.
“Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.”
The club in question is rumoured to be Chinese Champions Shanghai SIPG, who alongside the offer of £35m to West Ham are believed to be willing to offer Arnautovic a four year deal worth £200,000 a week.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday (Thurs)as he prepares his team to take on Arsenal on Saturday, West Ham’s manager Manuel Pellegrini accepted it would be difficult to keep the player for the reminder off his contract telling reporters;
“Those are all rumours, we know we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them. At the moment we have no news about him.
“I don't want to talk about things that might happen. Marko in this moment is a player of our team, players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them but that is one thing. I don't think they will go.
“I want to keep him, of course, but you never know what might happen in the future.”