Manchester United Bologna have reportedly rejected an 8.5 euro (£7.2m) bid for striker Marko Arnautovic.
United boss Eric Ten Hag is in the market for reinforcements in attack as the uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future continues.
Former West Ham striker Arnautovic is a potential cheaper option for Ten Hag to boost his squad, but United have rejected an initial offer from his current club Bologna, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. telegraph.
The 33-year-old has worked with Ten Hag and current assistant Steve McClaren at FC Twente and is believed to have a good relationship with the pair.
Arnautovic is said to be “very keen” on joining United and “considering asking the Italian club to let him leave”.
With Anthony Martial currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and Mason Greenwood suspended indefinitely, United started the game with Christian Eriksen playing the ‘nine liar’ atop the pitch.
Ronaldo, who submitted a transfer request last month, started the match on the bench after missing the majority of United’s pre-season.
He was brought in in the second half but was unable to inspire the Red Devils to victory, as Pascal Gross’ double secured Brighton their first-ever win at Old Trafford.
Arnautovic scored 14 goals in Serie A last season and still has two years left on his current contract with Bologna.
The striker has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, having previously played for Stoke City and West Ham.
He has also enjoyed spells at Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and Chinese Super League club Shanghai Port, which he joined from the Hammers in 2019.
Arnautovic also played 102 matches for the Austrian national team and scored 33 goals.