Stoke City attacker Marko Arnautovic has discussed his desire to move to a high profile club, and it seems Manchester United is one of his potential destinations.
He mentioned that the incoming United boss, Jose Mourinho, would be interested in his services.
The 27-year-old Austrian attacker is enjoying his current spell at Stoke City, and is now regarded as a top player by his manager and team mates.
Marko only has a year left in his current contract – which has a release clause of £12.5 million.
The Stoke City No.10 spoke in an interview with SportNet, who asked the winger about his potential reunion with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford:
“Of course it’s realistic. But you never know what he has in his mind and what his plans are. Therefore I am not worried about it and I am just trying to carry on like before, then we will see what happens.”
Marko played under Mourinho at Inter Milan for a brief spell, lasting just under a year – in which he only managed to get 3 appearances.
The Austrian had an impressive 2015-16 season at the Potters, creating almost 50 chances in the Barclays Premier League, only second to Xherdan Shaqiri.
Jose Mourinho, having just assumed the position last week, is undoubtedly going to go all out in the transfer market this season as he seeks to restore Manchester United’s former glory – after a somewhat disappointing season last time out under Louis Van Gaal.
Manchester United only managed a 5th place finish last season, meaning that they are out of the Champions League once again – a serious factor when trying to attract high profile players.
Marko Arnautovic has also previously mentioned that he dreams of playing in Europe’s elite club competition.
“I hope of course it [playing in the Champions League] will happen again,” he said to the Stoke Sentinel.
“Every footballer wants to play in the Champions League because it is the best there is, it’s that simple.
“I hope I will succeed in the near future.”
It is a doubt whether this would detour the Austrian from joining the Red Devils, but it’s only a matter of time before he decides his future.
Marko is currently busy at the Euro 2016, where he will be doing his best to help Austria progress far in the competition. Austria have been drawn with Hungary, Portugal and Iceland in their group.