Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Marko Arnautovic from West Ham United, as per Sky Sports News.
The Austrian forward has played under Mou during the Portuguese gaffer’s time at Inter Milan, though the player did not feature much in the starting lineup for the Nerazzurri.
According to the same source, however, the Hammers have no intention of selling the forward. They have slapped a £50 million price tag on Arnautovic, who was a club-record signing last summer for the sum of £25 million.
The 29-year-old is a seasoned campaigner, having played 12 seasons of professional football in the Eredivisie, the Serie A, and the Bundesliga before signing with Stoke City in 2013.
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Often played in a left-back/wingback role during his 4-year spell with the Potters, Marko caught major Premier League attention during the 2015-16 season, when he scored 12 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions.
Former Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, who’s currently in the employ of Southampton, has high praise for the mercurial forward, who was an important feature of Hughes’ Stoke teams.
“I think Jose was always aware of Marko’s talent,” Hughes said during their time together at the Britannia. “He has worked with him at first hand, but clearly Marko was a different guy and maybe a bit different in terms of his view on his football at that time.
“Clearly he has matured. He’s a married man now with kids and a senior player, which he never was when he worked with Jose in Milan.”
While United could definitely do with added firepower to their forward ranks, Arnautovic does not seem to belong to a top club squad.
His record in the Premier League is at best above average, and too often, the winger has gone on scoreless streaks, which is unlikely to inspire any interest from Mourinho for the steep asking price.