Manchester United have backed off from their pursuit of striker Marko Arnautovic, due to stiff opposition from fans and Bologna’s asking price was deemed too high.
Reports revealed last week that the Red Devils had a bid of £7.6m rejected for the former West Ham and Stoke City forward by the Serie A outfit, and following heavy criticism of the club’s transfer style, United have decided to move on to other targets.
Bologna’s asking price for the 33 year-old forward was believed to be more than what United were prepared to pay. Erik ten Hag’s side were expected to go back in with an improved offer, but that will no longer happen.
Bologna sporting director Marco Di Vaio looked to close the door on United’s attempts to sign Arnautovic, claiming the forward is “priceless”.
Gary Neville criticised Manchester United’s recent transfer policy after Sky Italy reported the club had a bid rejected for former West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic
Sky in Italy reported on Sunday that United had a bid of approximately £7.6m turned down by Bologna for Arnautovic, and are expected to return with an improved offer.
“We want to keep going with Arnautovic and keep him, he’s at the centre of our project,” Di Vaio told Italia 1.
“Bologna’s wish now is to keep our current team and strengthen it in order to have an important season. Money is not the issue, Marko is priceless for us.”