West Ham has finally agreed to sell their troublesome striker Marko Arnautovic to Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG for the sum of £23million. Back in February, Arnautovic’s starting offer was at £40 million which was rejected but was subsequently agreed on with an improved contract. However, Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel are still on the continuous lookout for better deals from other clubs besides an international team all the way on the other side of the world.
West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini, as well as other executives of the club, decided that the best move was to sell rather than keep the 30-year-old on the team. The fee will cover the replacement costs for the player, which is more fitting than retaining a “disruptive influence” on the club’s front. Plausible replacements include Celtic Vigo’s Maxi Gomez and West Brom’s Salmon Rondon among others. It’s also been reported that £460,000 is set to be paid to Stoke City from the striker’s sale owing to a 20% sell on said clause.