Date of publication: Friday 11 January 2019 8:19
The West Ham insisted Marko Arnautovic It is not for sale after its agent claimed that the Austrian striker wants to move to China.
A Chinese Super League club, believed to be the Shanghai SiPG champion, is known launched a £ 35 million coup for Arnautovic, the top scorer of the Hammers.
The club will try to attract Arnautovic, who turns 30 in April, with salaries of £ 200,000 per week on a four-year contract.
Arnautovic's brother, Danijel, who is also his representative, has revealed that the player wants to leave and has urged West Ham to sell.
"West Ham bought Marko for peanuts," he told talkSPORT. "They paid 20 million pounds for him, which is nothing in the current market.
"They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did it, he took every club prize, best player, season signature and player prize.
"Now West Ham has a fantastic offer – it's almost twice what they paid for him.
"He wants to go to a new market and challenge the titles, which is what he wants.
"It is his great desire that West Ham accepts the offer from China.
"He knows that West Ham fans love him and have a special connection with them, but things go on, this is the world of sport and he hopes they can understand.
"As long as he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club, he hopes the fans can respect his wishes."
But a spokesman for Hammers said: "Marko has a contract and we expect him to honor him, he's not for sale."
The manager Manuel Pellegrini previously said he was determined to keep Arnautovic, who scored eight goals this season, including three in the last two games.
Pellegrini, who replaced Arnautovic against his will after only 20 minutes in the victory of the FA Cup on Saturday against Birmingham, had previously shaken off speculations.
"They are all rumors," said Pellegrini. "We know we have a great player in Marko, many clubs may want him to play for them.
"I do not want to talk about things that could happen, Marko is a player on our team right now – players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them, but that's one thing. will.
"I want to keep it, of course, but you never know what could happen in the future."