Italian outlet TMW claim Everton started talks this month to sign Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic after the Austrian star nearly joined Manchester United in the summer – only for Erik ten Hag’s side to pull out of a transfer.
Arnautovic, 33, returned to European football from China in the summer of 2021. He joined Serie A club Bologna and has been incredible ever since. In 50 appearances for Bologna, he has almost scored every two games.
This is in a team that currently sits in 11th place and finished 13th last season. Sky Sports report that Manchester United almost signed the 106-cap international for £7.6million in the summer. But backlash from fans prevented a transfer.
He has stayed at Bologna and has scored eight goals in 14 Serie A games. Everton have opened talks to bring the veteran striker to Goodison Park this month. It’s unclear if it’s a first loan or a permanent deal for Arnautovic.
Everton open Arnautovic talks after almost joining Manchester United
The toffees have options at the top. Dom Calvert-Lewin is back from injury which is a huge boost for the Toffees. But how long can they give him to get back to his best? Everton are currently in a relegation battle. You need results.
Neal Maupay has been struggling since joining from Brighton. A bit of experience in the last third, a bit of poison – a player similar to Richarlison – would be ideal. Arnautovic is exactly that. He can do a bit of everything in attack.
In terms of position – forward, both crosses, as a 10. But he’s also good with the ball on foot, in the air, cutting inwards, holding the ball up and even on set pieces. He has a contract with Bologna until the summer of June 2025.
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