It was always going to be hard to see Marko Arnautovic at West Ham for the foreseeable future after the transfer fiasco last January, and this summer could finally see the Austrian head for the exit.
The drama that engulfed the winter transfer window nearly saw Arnautovic walk from the London Stadium to the Far East of China, where the Telegraph reported that the striker wanted to move to Shanghai SIPG, only for the former Stoke City man to remain in Stratford and sign a new deal with the club, and this summer has seen more links of a move away for the attacker.
The Daily Mail reports that Arnautovic has caught the eye of a trio of Serie A clubs; Inter Milan, Roma, and Fiorentina, so perhaps they’d be wise to cash in.
Of course, a deal would be difficult with Arnautovic’s new contract running to 2023, meaning it would likely take a big offer from any of these sides to lure the striker away from east London, but with the likes of Callum Wilson (OneFootball) and Maxi Gomez (The Evening Standard) being rumoured with a move to West Ham, perhaps there’d be scope to let him go if a new man does arrive.
Indeed, a move back to Italy could be good for Arnautovic after the year he has had with West Ham. Sure he impressed on the pitch with 10 goals and four assists in the league, but his relationship with the fans has been severely damaged (Adrian Durham of talkSPORT claimed in March that supporters were ‘done’ with him) since the China transfer fiasco, and maybe it would be for the best for him depart, allowing the club to benefit both financially and with an extra spot for a new attacker next season.
West Ham fans, would you sell Arnautovic this summer? Let us know!