Manchester United have been busy this past week, and are expected to complete a majority, if not all of their transfer plans before the World Cup commences in a few days.
While the signings of Fred and Diogo Dalot created much excitement, the bigger question that loomed for supporters was whether or not the club will invest further in making the side a more complete team ahead of next season.
Defensive and creative options in the form of a left-back and centre-back were the most strongly linked possibilities, with an attacking arrival almost always making the headlines.
As things would have it, United may bring in an attacker after all, but it won’t be the player that the fans were hoping for.
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As per Austrian outlet Osterreich, Jose Mourinho is looking to sign West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic next. The source adds that the Portuguese gaffer exchanged text messages with Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel, over the possibility of a move.
The Austrian striker, who is 29 years of age, scored 12 goals in 38 games last season, and is widely expected to be signed as a backup for Romelu Lukaku in order to take pressure off the shoulders of the Belgian to be United’s sole goal-scorer.
Other reports, particularly one from the Telegraph, back this claim and label the striker as Mourinho’s crucial transfer demand rather than a left-back, contrary to what is being widely reported.
Arnautovic is rated at £50 million, and as of now, there is no clear indication as to whether or not West Ham will oblige and sell the player.
It appears certain, however, that United will push forward for the deal, despite the fact that a price-tag any higher than that is bound to raise eyebrows.
However, when viewed with regard to United’s other alleged attacking pursuit, namely Gareth Bale, the sum to be paid here almost seems like a bargain. Will United choose the economical route?