Manchester United have refused to sign Bologna’s Italian striker Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, according to media reports today, Tuesday.
Manchester United have been keen to include Arnautovic in the current summer transfer period as new manager Erik Ten Hag looks to strengthen his options in the attacking line.
But according to The Athletic, the Austrian striker’s high price tag and fans’ complaints about the player’s reputation contributed to the end of Manchester United’s interest.
Bologna turned down an offer of £6.8m from Manchester United over the weekend, expecting the English club to make a better offer, but this did not happen.
There have been allegations that Arnautović, who has made 102 caps for Austria, used an anti-Albanian slur in his country’s match against North Macedonia at Euro 2020 when the European Football Association imposed a one-match ban on him. .
After the match, Arnautovic denied accusations of racist slurs, although he faced the same accusations of colliding with another player while defending the club’s colors in Twente, Holland, in 2009.
It is worth noting that the 33-year-old Austrian striker previously worked under Ten Hag and his assistant Steve McLaren at the Dutch club Twente.