After signing for West Ham United last summer, Marko Arnautovic got off to a difficult start in a West Ham United shirt.
The Austrian striker struggled to settle into a side that, under the managerial acumen of Slaven Bilic, was struggling.
However, come December it all changed for the player who cost West Ham United the sum of £24 million from Stoke City.
From December through to May, Arnautovic was by far the best player in the Hammers side and in 22 games scored 11 times, more than playing his part in ensuring that the club retained its Premier League status.
Unfortunately, that run of form alerted other clubs to his talents and, this summer, speculation is rife that Jose Mourinho, at Manchester United, is interested in taking the 29-year-old striker to Old Trafford, as indicated by the Daily Mail.
However, in order to fend off any advances from Manchester United, and other clubs, our source is reporting that West Ham United have slapped a £60 million price-tag on the player, virtually indicating that a sale is currently not an option.
Here at Vital West Ham, we see that as good news. The club needs to move forward and needs to add to the quality players they have. To sell Arnautovic would see us labelled as a ‘selling club’ once again. However, Arnautovic’s future could depend on who the club bring in this summer, at 29-years-of-age, the Austrian will recognise he’s at his peak and he’ll want to see his ambitions realised. A failure to add, appropriately, to the squad, could see Marko looking for other options and that is something we fear.