Manchester United looking to sign another Memphis Depay after Marko Arnautovic deal scrapped in the last minutes.
Manchester United has given up on its pursuit of Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic in the summer market.
Marko Arnautovic is no longer being pursued by Manchester United because they think Bologna’s asking price is too high and are aware that fans have reacted poorly to rumors linking the forward to the club.
The Red Devils are now set to move on to Cody Gakpo, since interest in the Dutch international was reported on Tuesday. And if he does go to Old Trafford, the 23-year-old will bounce between the two teams like Memphis Depay did.
Arnautovic has been a target for Manchester United as a competition for players like Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo up top.
Despite having spent the previous three years playing in the Chinese Super League, the seasoned player proved he still has his scoring touch by scoring 14 goals in 33 Serie A games the previous season.
The former West Ham and Stoke player won’t be coming to Old Trafford any longer, though.
Bologna is requesting the maximum amount of money, according to the Red Devils, who think this is unreasonable.
Additionally, United is aware that the 33-year-old is facing criticism from some fans who are upset about his troubled background and reputation for confrontation.
Tuesday, just before word spread that United had given up on trying to sign Arnautovic, it became known the team had expressed interest in Gakpo.
With the 23-year-12 old’s goals and 13 assists from 27 games in the Eredivisie last season, it’s understandable why.
And it appears that the club wants to make him the following Dutch winger to represent the team after Depay.
When the forward was brought to Old Trafford from PSV in 2015, the Red Devils believed they had struck gold.
Depay was in high demand at the time since he had made a name for himself as one of football’s most promising young players while playing for Eindhoven.