According to The Sun, West Ham are set to accept the £35m-plus bid for Marko Arnautović, which could see the Austrian leave the London Stadium by the end of the week.
The article says that the bid has come from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG, who significantly increased their offer.
From West Ham’s perspective, they will not want to lose their star man, but for a potentially huge sum, they should jump at this chance.
Of course, Arnautović won the Hammer of the Year award last year, and was unanimously voted to be the club’s best player. He has continued this season in a very similar fashion. However, he has had fitness issues this season, and this could be a sign of things to come.
The Austrian is also 29 years of age, and it may be unclear how much longer he has in his prime. While he may still have a good few seasons at the top, The Hammers probably do not have long to ask for such an extortionate fee for him. His value will only decrease, and the club may be getting out at the right time.
Furthermore, Arnautović has a long history of being a nuisance and disruptive figure at any club. If he is not given his way and allowed to leave the London Stadium, he could be a much greater hindrance than he is a benefit to the club.
With a price like this, West Ham have a chance to continue their rampant summer spending, and can build their squad even further for the future.
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