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Man Utd pulls out of race for Serie A striker amid fan backlash

Marko Arnautovic
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The Red Devils are keen to bolster their attacking line for the new season.

Manchester United have reportedly stopped pursuing a deal for Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic.

Reports of Man Utd’s interest in signing the 33-year-old triggered a huge backlash from the club’s fans last week. Angry fans shared the personal e-mail address of Richard Arnold, sending angry letters to Man Utd’s chief executive.

According to Goal, the Red Devils have stopped pursuing a deal for Arnautovic.

Bologna reportedly demanded €15m for the striker while Man Utd were unwilling to pay more than €10m.

Goal claims the fan unrest was also a ‘major factor’ in United’s decision to end their pursuit of Arnautovic.

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Interest in signing the Austrian star emerged after Man Utd’s failure in signing their main attacking targets this summer.

Failed bids for the likes of Darwin Nunez, Benjamin Sesko and Antony, have convinced the Red Devils to look for another short-term option in their forward line.

As of now, it’s not clear whether Man Utd will target another striker before the end of the current transfer window.

The Red Devils have, however, agreed to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus on a £15m deal. According to Italian sources, Ten Hag also hopes to add Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić to his squad for the new season.