Marko Arnautovic has told West Ham to accept the £35 million offer made by an unnamed Chinese club, according to the Austrian’s agent.
The player’s agent, who is also his brother, revealed that Marko is interested in a move to China for a “new challenge” in the Chinese Super League.
Since joining West Ham from Stoke City in 2017, Arnautovic has become a key player for the Hammers, but now reportedly wants to leave the club to move to the CSL.
In a statement, Danjiel Arnautovic said, via the Independent:
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. 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.
West Ham themselves have acted quickly to resolve the matter, releasing an official statement hitting back at the player’s agent.
Marko Arnautovic has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale.
Arnautovic will be fit for the Arsenal game after he was taken off early in the FA Cup clash with Birmingham last weekend.