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Manuel Pellegrini, the boss of West Ham United, said the club would sell star striker Marko Arnautovic this month when he was getting "a good deal", but the manager reiterated that the Hammers did not wish not lose their leader.
Arnautovic was offered £ 35 million by an unidentified Chinese club by Agence France-Presse, and Pellegrini said his player could leave if the right offer was received, despite West's intention. Ham to keep his man:
"They do not force me to sell Marko Arnautovic, but I think that as a manager, the best thing is to choose the best solution for the player and the club together."
"If they agree, we have no problem to change.I do not say it at the club.If this is a good deal for both parties, we will arrange for to be without Marko, but the club does not want to sell him. "
It is understood that the club in question is Side of the Chinese Super League Shanghai SIPG, which reportedly filed a four-year contract worth £ 200,000 a week. Sam Inkersole of Football.London wrote in November that Arnautovic was currently earning £ 100,000 per week (bonus included).
Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports has provided additional insights into the Shanghai SIPG's interest:
Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh
Shanghai SIPG wants to sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille. West Ham has already rejected Marko Arnautovic's offer of 35 million pounds sterling. Now, I'm also looking to sign Payet. West Ham sold Payet to Marseille for £ 25m two years ago
The case of Dimitri Payet and his informal release of West Ham in 2017 resemble the situation of Arnautovic, although the writer on football Daniel Storey claimed that the Premier League club had to act differently this time -this:
Daniel Storey @danielstorey85
This is not another Dimitri Payet. West Ham should not be afraid; they are different now. If Marko Arnautovic wants to leave, let him go.
There is less than a fortnight left at the transfer counter in January and West Ham has to put in place an emergency plan for the departure of Arnautovic.
The other striking options of Pellegrini have not inspired this season. Javier Hernandez (four), Lucas Perez (two) and Andy Carroll have scored six goals between them this season, while Jordan Hugill signed the contract with Jordan Hugill. Middlesbrough in the championship.
Writer Justin Oliver Salhani, however, viewed China's interest differently and sympathized with Arnautovic, to whom the most lucrative contract offer of his career was likely offered:
Justin Olivier Salhani @JustinSalhani
@SamDiss @MundialMag I always think that the mind is a little closed when the experts think that every footballer wants to play at the highest possible level as long as possible. I went there, do it, let me be a legend in China for more money now
It often happens that players use sneaky tactics, such as not showing up at the training, to get the desired transfer, but Pellegrini also stated that he was not expecting such stratagems from Arnautovic, according to ITV:
ITV Football @itvfootball
Pellegrini confident that Arnautovic will not refuse to play for @WestHamUtd
Felipe Anderson (age eight) is the only West Ham player to have scored more Premier League goals than Arnautovic (seven) this season, but the latter played a pivotal role in the Pellegrini attack .
The Austrian international has a contract at the London stadium until June 2022 and it is true that the 35 million pounds that would have been offered for its signature are not guaranteed to be adequately replaced in the current market.