Man Utd have £9m transfer bid for Marko Arnautovic rejected by Bologna after making shock swoop for ex-West Ham striker | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly had a £9million transfer offer rejected for Marko Arnautovic.

The Red Devils kick off their season today against Brighton, but their pre-season has been marred by the gargantuan saga of Cristiano Ronaldo's future.

With the legendary forward wanting to leave, United have been shopping around for firepower this window, and landed on former West Ham star Arnautovic.

Reports earlier this week indicated The Red Devils were lining up a shock bid for the 33-year-old.

However, it has now been revealed by journalist Gianluca Di Marzio that United have submitted an offer for him.

But current club Bologna have rejected a £9m bid.

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The Austrian scored 14 Serie A goals for them last season, so it is understandable why they would be reluctant to let him go.

Premier League fans will be all-to-familiar with Arnautovic, with him spending six years in English football at Stoke City and West Ham.

The attacker scored just 22 times for Stoke in 145 games, with his creative side being more potent throughout his time at The Potters.

His record at West Ham was far more impressive, contributing 40 goals in 65 games.

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Arnautovic left West Ham in 2019 in favour of the Chinese Super League, before returning to Europe with Bologna last season.

United boss Erik ten Hag, who has placed Ronaldo on the bench for his first-ever game against Brighton, knows Arnautovic well.

The pair worked together at Dutch side FC Twente between 2006 and 2009.

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