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Man Utd make (genuinely) shocking £6.8m bid for former Premier League striker

Man Utd target Marko Arnautovic points instructions to his team-mates

Man Utd are looking to bring former Premier League striker Marko Arnautovic to Old Trafford and have made a bid for the striker, according to reports.

The Red Devils have started their match against Brighton today with Marcus Rashford up front with Cristiano Ronaldo missing most of pre-season and Anthony Martial picking up another injury.

Ronaldo has already asked to leave the club this summer after Man Utd missed out on a place in the Champions League by finishing sixth last term.

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The Portugal international doesn’t necessarily suit Erik ten Hag’s way of playing and the Dutchman has now moved to sign Bologna forward Arnautovic.

Arnautovic played in the Premier League for Stoke City and West Ham over a six-year period before leaving those shores for a move to China with Shanghai Port.

And now The Athletic report that he could leave Bologna – who he joined in 2021 – after Man Utd made a ‘€8million (£6.8m) bid’ for the 33-year-old.

Arnautovic has ’emerged as a surprise target’ as Ten Hag wants him to ‘become a squad player at the club’ with the Dutchman ‘an influential voice on this move and no player will join without his endorsement’.

15 Serie A goals in 33 matches for Bologna won’t have hurt his case for a move to Man Utd with the Austrian working under Man Utd assistant Steve McClaren and Ten Hag at FC Twente in the Netherlands.

With only Ronaldo and Martial to call on in forward positions currently, Man Utd legend Roy Keane thinks Ten Hag should hang on to the Portugal international.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane said: “You can’t let Ronaldo go out the door and think Martial is going to be the answer. Martial has proven that. He’s had a decent pre-season? Big deal.

“They haven’t got enough options at this moment in time. That might change over the next few weeks, but from a footballing point of view you have to hold on to Ronaldo. You can’t let him go when you don’t have the back-up behind him.”

Keane added: “It’s a pretty straightforward call from the manager.As brilliant as Ronaldo is, he’s only 45 minutes of pre-season. I don’t care how well you look after yourself – you need more than that.

“I think he’s looking at the players he’s got – Brighton at home – and probably thinks he fancies his chances without Ronaldo.”


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