After supporters contacted the team to express their concerns, Manchester United dropped their interest in signing Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.
Erik ten Hag has identified the Austrian international as a target after United made an unexpected bid of about £7 million over the weekend.
The forward’s asking price from Bologna was reportedly higher than what United were willing to offer.
With the argument that Arnautovic is “priceless,” Bologna’s sporting director, Marco Di Vaio, attempted to block United’s attempts to buy the forward.
Although Arnautovic and Ten Hag have a personal relationship, Bologna, an Italian team, turned down the initial offer because they see the former West Ham and Stoke talisman as essential to their season’s goals.
United has chosen to move on to other targets instead of returning with an improved offer as was anticipated.
Just one year after his return to Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his wish to quit the club.
Additionally, Edinson Cavani left the club after his contract expired, and Mason Greenwood is no longer a member of the first-team squad.
With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford the only two senior attackers in the squad, Arnautovic had been targeted as a player to give depth to the club’s offensive options.
The Austrian is no longer a player the club is interested in, according to The Athletic, as a result of a significant backlash from United’s supporter base.
Arnautovic was given a one-match suspension by UEFA after being accused of using an anti-Albanian insult during Austria’s encounter against North Macedonia at Euro 2020.
Although it has been difficult to complete the transfer of Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, United has continued to explore all midfield possibilities.
They haven’t given up on De Jong, and there is still hope that a deal can be reached.
Although offers have been made, according to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, De Jong wants to stay and the team wants him to stay.
However, the economy is still having problems, and De Jong’s deferred salaries are still a concern.
When neither Anthony Martial nor Cristiano Ronaldo were able to start Sunday’s tragic 2-1 loss to Brighton at Old Trafford due to injury, speculation about Arnautovic erupted.
When questioned about United’s ambitions to strengthen their forward line in the next three weeks of the summer transfer season, however, Ten Hag remained discrete.
In the meantime, United and Adrien Rabiot of Juventus have reached an agreement.
Personal details still need to be worked out with his agency and mother, Veronique, so there is work to be done before the contract is finalized.
Rabiot, who signed a free-agent contract with Juventus in the summer of 2019, is in the final year of his deal and has lost favor with the Italian powerhouse.
Rabiot’s contract with Juventus expires in 2023, so the club is content to let him leave this summer.
For the entirety of the summer, United have prioritized central midfield, and the possibility of bringing in both Rabiot and De Jong has not been ruled out.