Marko Arnautovic bombshell as he tells West Ham he wants to quit for China

Marko Arnautovic bombshell for West Ham as star’s agent says ‘it is his great desire’ to quit club and move to China in mega-money transfer

  • Marko Arnautovic is pushing for a move to the Chinese Super League 
  • The Hammers have rejected a bid of £36m from a Chinese Super League club
  • Manuel Pellegrini has played down talk of Marko Arnautovic leaving West Ham 

Chris Cutmore for MailOnline

talkSPORT by his brother and agent, Danijel, Arnautovic has made clear his desire to leave.   

Marko Arnautovic, pictured training on Thursday, is the subject of a big-money bid from China

Marko Arnautovic, pictured training on Thursday, is the subject of a big-money bid from China

West Ham's star player has now told the club he wants to quit and move to the Far East

West Ham’s star player has now told the club he wants to quit and move to the Far East

Sportsmail understands that an improved bid will be made from China and a wage of £200,000 per week is expected to be offered to Arnautovic.  

Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Everton have all shown interest in recent months, but Arnautovic is instead eyeing the less celebrated Chinese Super League as his next home. 

‘West Ham bought Marko for peanuts,’ read the statement. ‘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. This is what he wants.

‘It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.

‘He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.

‘Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game. He will give 100 per cent for West Ham. That is Marko. He will never change.

‘Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club. He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.’  

West Ham responded with a statement of their own, insisting Arnautovic would be going nowhere.

‘Marko has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale,’ it said.

Pellegrini said he isn’t surprised that Arnautovic is attracting significant interest but doesn’t expect him to leave this month.

Speaking ahead of West Ham’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, Pellegrini played down talk of Arnautovic leaving before the January transfer window closes.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident Arnautovic will remain at the club

Arnautovic was angry at Pellegrini over being substituted after just 20 minutes last Saturday

Arnautovic was angry at Pellegrini over being substituted after just 20 minutes last Saturday

He said: ‘They are rumours. We know Marko is a very good player so maybe a lot of clubs will want him to play for their team but at the moment he is a West Ham player and we want to keep him.

‘I think Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here and want to continue playing the way they are doing so far. 

‘I am sure his head will be in the game against Arsenal and it will not affect his performance. I don’t think he will leave.’

The Hammers could be tempted to sell the 29-year-old should they receive an offer of £50m.

Arnautovic cost West Ham £22m from Stoke in July 2017 and has impressed Pellegrini, who describes him as a ‘top player’. 

The Austria international scored 11 times last season and has eight goals in 17 appearances this term, including a double in last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Brighton. 

Arnautovic was unhappy at being substituted after just 20 minutes of Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Birmingham – he had scored after just two minutes – but Pellegrini played down the altercation, saying: ‘He was angry for just one minute, that is it.’ 

 


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