Manchester United will not pursue the signing of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.
Sky Sports News It was revealed last week that United had turned down an offer of £7.6m for the former West Ham and Stoke City striker.
United were supposed to return with an improved offer, but have decided to turn to other targets.
Bologna’s asking price for the striker is said to be higher than what United are prepared to pay.
Bologna sporting director Marco Di Vaio has sought to shut down United’s efforts to sign Arnautovic, insisting the striker is “priceless”.
Sky in Italy reported on Sunday that United had rejected a bid of around £7.6m by Bologna for the 33-year-old, and are expected to return with an improved offer.
“We want to continue with Arnautovic and keep him, he is at the heart of our project,” said Di Vaio Italy 1.
“Bologna’s desire now is to keep our current squad and strengthen to have an important season. Money is not an issue, Marko is invaluable to us.”
United agree Rabiot deal with Juventus
Meanwhile, Man United have agreed to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Much work remains to be done until the deal is finalized, with personal terms still to be negotiated with his agent and mother Veronique.
Rabiot – who joined Juventus as a free agent in the summer of 2019, is in the final year of his contract and has fallen out of favor at the Italian giants.
Juventus are pleased to let Rabiot leave the club this summer before his contract ends in 2023.
United have continued to work on all midfield options as a transfer for Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona It’s a complicated thing to do, but they haven’t given up on De Jong yet, and still have faith that there’s still a deal to be done.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reiterated that there have been offers but has indicated that De Jong wants to stay and the club wants him to stay. However, the economic problems have not gone away and De Jong’s deferred wages issue remains unresolved.
Central midfield has been a priority throughout United’s summer and the signings of both Rabiot and De Jong are not ruled out.