West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed that he won’t stand in the unsettled Marko Arnautovic’s way if they are offered a “good deal” for him
The Hammers have reportedly turned down a £35m bid from Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for Arnautovic due to their strong desire to hold on to their top scorer.
But Arnautovic’s agent and brother, Danijel, has already made it clear that they want to go ahead with a lucrative move to China.
And Pellegrini has now declared that the Austrian forward could actually leave London this month should a suitable offer be received.
“If I say the player must stay, the player will stay,” said Pellegrini, according to Sky Sports.
“I don’t have any problem with the club. In all the months I’ve been working here I never had any problems with the owners about that.
“So they are not forcing me to sell Marko Arnautovic. But I think as a manager the best thing is to take the solution that is best for the player and the club, both together.
“If they agree, we don’t have any problem to change.
“I am not telling the club about it. If it’s a good deal for both parties we will arrange to be without Marko. But the club doesn’t want to sell him.”
The Chilean coach also announced that Arnautovic will not repeat the actions of Dmitri Payet from two years ago by going out on strike in order to force an exit.
Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez is reportedly being lined up as a possible replacement for Arnautovic.
West Ham will take a trip to Bournemouth on Saturday for their next Premier League match.