Man United blow in Arnautovic pursuit even though Bologna boss would be ‘happy’

Bologna dealt a blow to Manchester United’s pursuit of Marko Arnautovic by insisting he is not for sale.

The Red Devils have made a shock bid for the former Stoke and West Ham forward.

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Arnautovic is wanted by Man United this summer

The 33-year-old scored 14 Serie A goals last season, but Erik ten Hag’s desire to bring him to Old Trafford has caught many by surprise.

Ten Hag, and assistant Steve McClaren, have worked with the Austria international before at FC Twente.

United want him to add depth to their squad and provide the ‘self belief’ that is lacking in the current team.

An initial bid of £7.6million was rejected by Bologna and it seems unlikely they will sell.

Bologna director Marco Di Vaio said: “Man United on Arnautovic? We’re proud of Man United interest for Marko but we are not planning to sell him.

“We want to keep him at Bologna as president said, he’s key part of our project – there’s not even price tag.”


Arnautovic signed for Bologna in 2021 after two seasons at Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, who spent £22.4million to sign him from West Ham

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Arnautovic signed for Bologna in 2021 after two seasons at Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, who spent £22.4million to sign him from West Ham

Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović also commented on the Arnautovic links to the Red Devils saying he would be happy for the player.

But he did not rate United’s chances of leaving the Italian side.

He said: “I would be happy for Marko [in case he joins United] but I don’t think he will leave.

“I spoke to Arnautović about Man Utd proposal – in case he leaves we will see… but I think he will stay.”

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