Manchester United pull out of Marko Arnautovic pursuit as Erik ten Hag looks to sign striker

Manchester United END their pursuit of Marko Arnautovic after fans complained about a deal for the controversial striker… with Erik ten Hag’s striker search continuing

  • Manchester United have pulled out of their pursuit of Austrian Marko Arnautovic
  • The Premier League side had been keen to bolster their options up front
  • But new boss Erik ten Hag will now have to turn to alternative striking targets

Manchester United have pulled out of the hunt for Marko Arnautovic.

The Premier League side had been keen to sign the Bologna striker as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his options up front.

But the Serie A side value the Austrian too highly and ‘fan accusations’ about the player have contributed to United withdrawing from their pursuit.

Manchester United pull out of Marko Arnautovic pursuit as Erik ten Hag looks to sign striker

Manchester United have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Marko Arnautovic (pictured)

But new manager Erik ten Hag (pictured) will now have to turn to alternative striking targets

But new manager Erik ten Hag (pictured) will now have to turn to alternative striking targets

Siniša Mihajlović’s Bologna had rejected a £6.8m bid from the Red Devils at the weekend and reportedly expected United to follow up with a better offer.

There were allegations that the 102-capped international used an anti-Albanian slur in his country’s match against North Macedonia at Euro 2020, with UEFA handing him a one-match ban as a result.

Arnautovic, who posted on social media after the match saying he was not racist, had also denied allegations of racist abuse by another player while at FC Twente in 2009.

The 33-year-old Austrian (right) caught the eye after scoring 14 goals in 33 appearances last campaign

The 33-year-old Austrian (right) caught the eye after scoring 14 goals in 33 appearances last campaign

The 33-year-old, who worked under Ten Hag and his assistant Steve McClaren at Dutch side Twente, was seen by the club as an experienced, versatile and cheap option to bolster their attacking ranks.

He caught the eye after scoring 14 goals in 33 games for the Serie A side last season, but Bologna’s insistence that he was not available for transfer meant United have walked away from the deal.

United are desperate to strengthen, with Anthony Martial injured and 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo openly wanting to leave Old Trafford this summer.

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