Manchester United Bologna have reportedly rejected an €8.50 (£7.2m) bid for striker Marko Arnautovic.
Manchester United manager Eric Ten Haag is in the market for reinforcements to attack as uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future continues.
Former West Ham striker Arnautovic was reportedly a potentially cheaper option for Ten Hag to back his side, but Manchester United’s original offer was rejected by his current club, Bologna. The Telegraph.
The 33-year-old works alongside Ten Haag and his current assistant Steve McLaren at Twente and is believed to have a good relationship with them.
Arnautovic is said to be “very eager” to join Manchester United and is “considering asking the Italian club to allow him to leave”.
Anthony Martial is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mason Greenwood is suspended indefinitely, Manchester United start the game and Christian Eriksen takes on the role of a “false nine” at the top of the pitch.
Ronaldo, who submitted a transfer request last month, started off the bench after missing most of United’s pre-season.
He was brought in in the second half but failed to inspire the Red Devils to victory as a brace from Pascal Gros secured Brighton’s first win at Old Trafford.
Arnautovic scored 14 goals in Serie A last season and currently has two years left on his contract with Bologna.
The striker has extensive Premier League experience, having previously played for Stoke City and West Ham.
He has also played for Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and Chinese Super League club Shanghai Port, before joining from the Hammers in 2019.
Arnautovic also played 102 times for the Austrian national team, scoring 33 goals.