Marko Arnautovic’s brother Danijel Arnautovic has accused West Ham United of treating their forward as little more than ‘a commodity.’
Earlier in the day, reports emerged that Arnautovic had submitted a transfer request after the Hammers rejected a £19.7m bid for the Austria international from an unnamed Chinese Super League club. Arnautovic is determined to leave the club this summer but according to reports West Ham regarding the bid as 'insulting'.
“He’s not a cow or a horse which you bring to market. He’s a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them,” said the agent.
“West Ham were trying to get rid of Marco right up until the last minute of the January transfer window and they are still trying to sell him right now. To them, he’s just a commodity.”
The 30-year-old striker’s agent also claimed he had been told by the club over several months that he can leave the London Stadium if the price is right – and that negotiations between West Ham and the Chinese club are far from over.
"West Ham are still speaking to the Chinese club. He is still for sale and it’s simply a case of how much money West Ham can get for him.”
Arnautovic’s contract with the north London side is set to expire in the summer of 2023.