The Marko Arnautovic saga at West Ham United continues.
The Telegraph reported back in January that the striker had asked the club to leave, resulting in an ugly episode that eventually saw the Austrian sign a contract extension with West Ham, and six months later we are back in the same scenario, and this time the Hammers are seemingly drawing a line.
Sky Sports News report that the east London side are to accept a ‘terrible deal’ for the 30-year-old said to be around €25 million (£22.5 million), as the report states that Arnautovic has burnt bridges with everyone involved at the club, and that they all want to see the former Stoke City attacker leave this summer.
With West Ham rejecting a reported £35m for Arnautovic in the January transfer window according to the Telegraph, it’s understandable as to why officials at the club are talking about this move as a ‘terrible deal’, but then again, it is a small price to pay for getting a troublesome figure out of the club for good.
Indeed, with Manuel Pellegrini saying to West Ham’s official website that he has aspirations of taking the club to European football, selling Arnautovic allows the Hammers to reinvest that money into a striker that they seemingly want this summer.
West Ham have been continuously linked with strikers this summer, with the main two names being Salomon Rondon and Callum Wilson according to the Mirror and the Sun respectively, and when comparing these two attackers to Arnautovic based on numbers from WhoScored, it’s easy to see why Pellegrini is targeting them.
For starters, both strikers outscored and out assisted Arnautovic with Wilson registering 14 goals and 9 assists and Rondon hitting 11 goals and 7 assists, whilst the Austrian only managed 10 goals and 4 assists last season.
As well as goal contributions, Arnautovic was fouled fewer times than both attackers, with Wilson averaging 1.1 fouls per game whilst Rondon averaged 0.8 per game, a big difference compared to the West Ham man’s 0.4 per game.
It is seemingly likely that Arnautovic will be leaving West Ham on poor terms, but his departure might open the door for the Hammers to sign a new striker who could be an improvement on the Austrian international.
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