Inter Milan and Roma are both interested in bringing Marko Arnautovic back to Serie A, according to The Sun. And West Ham will be tempted to accept offers of around £30m for the striker.
Arnautovic previously spent the 2009/10 season at Inter Milan, playing just three times during a loan from FC Twente. 10 years later, he could return to the San Siro.
Antonio Conte has taken over at Inter Milan. And he could finally land Arnautovic after wanting him at Chelsea (ESPN). Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko are Inter’s two main targets but Arnautovic could be seen as a more feasible alternative.
Roma could also swoop for Arnautovic. Ironically, this could hinge on the future of Dzeko. If he moves to Inter, Roma will need to sign a striker to replace the Bosnian and Arnautovic could be their man.
Marko Arnautovic: a turbulent 2018/19 campaign
Arnautovic was West Ham’s star player towards the end of the 2017/18 season under David Moyes, keeping the Hammers up with his goals after being transformed into a striker.
And the ex-Stoke City man started the 2018/19 season in devastating form. But in January, he tried to force a move. His agent Danijel Arnautovic was the first to reveal (on talkSPORT) that the West Ham striker wanted to move to China.
Tempted by the lure of China, Arnautovic nearly completed a £45m switch to the Far East (The Times). But this move collapsed and he signed a new incentive-based West Ham deal.
After the Chinese transfer saga, Arnautovic’s form dipped. But the 30-year-old roared back at the end of the season to remind fans of his ability.
There is no doubt that Arnautovic is a maverick talent with a mercurial temperament. If Pellegrini feels he can tame him, then West Ham have a top class striker on their books. If not, a £30m transfer to Italy could await.