Manuel Pellegrini confirms Marko Arnautovic will leave West Ham ‘if deal is right’

Manuel Pellegrini confirms Marko Arnautovic will leave West Ham ‘if deal is right’

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed striker Marko Arnautovic will leave the London Stadium for China this month, so long as the terms of the deal suits both parties.

Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG have been linked with a move for the forward this month and have already seen a £35m offer rejected according to Sky Sports, with it believed that the Hammers are holding out for an offer closer to £45m.

West Ham have so far signed only Samir Nasri this month, bringing the Frenchman in on a free transfer, but would surely be forced to spend should they lost the Austrian, who is arguably the best player at the club.

However, with the lure of having his wages trebled by moving out to the Far East, Pellegrini has confirmed the club will not stand in his way, so long as they receive satisfactory compensation for losing their talisman.

“If I say the player must stay, the player will stay,” he said. “I don’t have any problem with the club. In all the months I’ve been working here I never had any problems with the owners about that.

“So they are not forcing me to sell Marko Arnautovic. But I think as a manager the best thing is to take the solution that is best for the player and the club, both together.

“If they agree, we don’t have any problem to change.

“I am not telling the club about it. If it’s a good deal for both parties we will arrange to be without Marko. But the club doesn’t want to sell him.”

The Hammers have been linked with a number of forwards this month as they prepare for life without Arnautovic, with Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez believed to be their top target. Callum Wilson, Krzysztof Piatek and Wissam Ben Yedder have also been spoke in discussions with West Ham.

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