The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club can complete the signing of at least 1 attacking player this summer, and recent reports from Sky Sports suggest they could be presented with an ideal opportunity to do just that.
According to Sky Sports West Ham United are closing in on a double deal to sign both Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko, with the latter joining in a deal worth £17.5 million. A fee for the player has already been agreed and he is now expected to undergo a medical at the Hammers’ pre-season training base in Switzerland.
By all accounts it appears that Manuel Pellegrini will bring the Ukraine international to the London Stadium this summer in a deal which is bound to delight the supporters, however, his arrival could pave the way for Marko Arnautovic to leave the club.
United were linked with a move for the Austrian earlier in the summer but no official bid has been made as of yet, however, Yarmolenko’s transfer could convince West Ham to sell him for the right price.
Yarmolenko is a player who, like Arnautovic, is comfortable operating on both wings and at centre-forward, so the new recruit is well-placed to fill the void left by West Ham’s top-goalscorer last season in the event that he departs the club.
The 28-year-old’s arrival in East London could open the possibility for United to raid the Hammers for their prize asset on the back of a scintillating season in which he almost single-handedly carried his side to safety at the spearhead of the attack, scoring 11 goals and providing 8 assists in the process..
At 29-years-of-age Arnautovic is in the peak of his career and appears to have found his rhythm in the Premier League, so there’s no doubt that he merits a step up to Champions League football.
With time running out to play in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the natural lure of a move to United will certainly give Arnautovic something to think about this summer, so Mourinho should make a bid for his services to add a physically powerful and technically gifted talent to his attacking options.
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