Man United pull out of deal to sign Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic

Mueez Ajao

– Manchester United have ended their interest in Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

– New United boss Erik ten Hag was considering a move for the 33-year-old Austria international, whom he worked with at Dutch side FC Twente.

– But is understood United pulled out because of a combination of Bologna’s growing transfer fee demands and the negative reaction.

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– United reportedly received complaints from fans opposed to the move.

– Ten Hag dismissed talk of potentially signing the former West Ham United and Stoke City forward after the 2-1 defeat by Brighton in United’s Premier League opener on Saturday.

– Midfielder Christian Eriksen started the game at Old Trafford in a false nine role, while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho operated in wider positions.

– Striker Anthony Martial was ruled out by a hamstring injury and Cristiano Ronaldo was not deemed fit enough to start after playing for only 45 minutes during pre-season.

– Arnautovic scored 43 goals in 184 games in the Premier League between 2013 and 2019.

– BBC pundit Chris Sutton said news of United’s interest was “a PR disaster”.

– “That’s madness,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.

– “I thought it was a spoof. It’s ridiculous. It’s a real wrong move in terms of the eyes of the supporters.”