Manchester United are ready to up their offer for Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic in order to hand Erik ten Hag a new striker before the end of the transfer window, having seen an 8m euro bid turned down for the 33-year-old.
The club have been in the hunt for forwards all summer, having chased Ajax winger Antony before being put off by the extortionate price tag, while they are also in the race for RB Salzburg star Benjamin Sesko, although it remains unclear whether he will leave the Austrian club this summer.
They have now turned their attention to the veteran Bologna man in an attempt to solve their forward crisis.
The Austrian striker, now 33 years old, has 184 appearances to his name across spells with Stoke City and West Ham United, during which time he scored 43 goals and grabbed another 37 assists.
“It’s true that there’s a bid from a well-known club...”, Arnautovic’s brother confirmed to the media.
“I’m in contact with Bologna to see if that can be realised”, he added.
Second bid expected
And, as per Sky Sports Germany, the Red Devils have not given up on landing their man this summer, with the club expected to increase their offer to the Serie A side for a player that Erik ten Hag has identified as a strong option to bolster their attack.
The pair worked together while at FC Twente, spending three seasons alongside each other, and the report claims that ‘Ten Hag wants him 100%’, while Arnautovic himself also wants the move.
Whether Bologna will be willing to cave in with the Serie A season kicking off in just 6 days, letting their star man depart, is likely to depend on the offer made, while plenty of fans will be questioning if another veteran forward is really the answer to the problems at Old Trafford.