Man United make shock bid for ex-West Ham star Arnautovic

Manchester United have made a shock bid for Marko Arnautovic, according to reports.

Erik ten Hag is still keen to bolster his attacking options before the transfer window closes on September 1.

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Arnautovic could be on his way to Old Trafford

Speculation still surrounds the future of Cristiano Ronaldo after he told the club he wanted to leave earlier this summer, although it looks increasingly likely he will stay for the final year of his contract.

Edinson Cavani left United on a free transfer, while Anthony Martial missed the opening game of the season through injury, leaving them short up front.

And a surprise report in The Athletic claims the Red Devils have submitted a £6.75m [€8m] bid to try and entice Arnautovic back to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old is currently at Bologna, where he scored 14 goals in 33 games last season.

He has played 184 Premier League games across spells at Stoke and West Ham, scoring 43 goals, before leaving the Hammers in July 2019 to join Shanghai Port.

Arnautovic has previously worked with both Ten Hag and his Man United assistant Steve McClaren, when McClaren was the manager and Ten Hag was his assistant at Dutch outfit FC Twente.


Arnautovic has worked with Ten Hag and McClaren before

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Arnautovic has worked with Ten Hag and McClaren before

Arnautovic left West Ham for China in 2019

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Arnautovic left West Ham for China in 2019

Arnautovic coincidentally is managed by former Red Devils interim boss Ralf Rangnick at international level, after he took the Austria job this summer.

The forward is said to be keen on a move to Old Trafford and could force an exit from Bologna.

The news has sparked a negative reaction from supporters with talkSPORT host, and prominent Man United fan as host of The United Stand, Mark Goldbridge weighing-in.

He wrote on Twitter: “Manchester United interested in signing Marko Arnautovic…..Example A that we’re entering Desperation mode. Definitely not part of the plan.”

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