West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic is agitating for a move to China and captain Mark Noble has revealed why.
West Ham are facing up to losing Arnautovic after his agent and brother Danijel told talkSPORT that the West Ham talisman has made his mind up and wants to leave.
The Hammers have taken a hardline stance and issued a short statement insisting their talisman is not for sale.
It comes after Arnautovic was the subject of a £35million bid from a Chinese club – believed to be Shanghai SIPG (Sky Sports).
West Ham won’t start negotiations at anything less than £50million, though.
Manuel Pellegrini had said Arnautovic had been behaving professionally ever since and would ‘not refuse to play’ like Dimitri Payet this time two years ago.
‘Not in the right frame of mind’
But according to The Daily Mail he has been removed from the squad to dace Bournemouth as he is ‘not in the right frame of mind’.
Clearly speaking out to try and head off a potential backlash from Hammers fans, skipper Mark Noble wrote about the Arnautovic saga in his Evening Standard column on Friday.
And in trying to help fans see the wantaway striker’s point of view he inadvertently revealed the tax free salary Arnautovic has been offered in China, a whopping £400,000 per week.
“Would I blame him if he goes? No, although I would much rather he stayed,” Noble wrote in the Evening Standardin which he described Arnautovic as a close friend.
“In the end he has to do the best for himself and his family in a relatively short career. If Marko had received an offer to go to Everton or Arsenal for an extra 10 or 15 grand a week, I would have said, “Come on mate, stay.
Noble reveals astonishing Arnautovic salary offer
“I am also pretty sure he would have agreed with me. Four times your wages, though? Tax free? That’s life changing.”
Arnautovic is West Ham’s second highest paid player on £100,000 per week (Spotrac).
Noble has revealed the Chinese club, thought to be SIPG, are offering to quadruple that to £400,000. Tax free to boot.
Fans will wonder just how much money one person needs.
And Arnautovic will be sacrificing playing in the Premier League to ply his trade in the footballing backwater that is the Chinese Super League.
The comments from Noble do seem to clear up one thing, though, Arnautovic is all but gone.