Manchester United have been humiliated once again as Bologna price them out of a move for 33-year-old Marko Arnatovic.
The Red Devils began their pursuit of the Austrian striker over the weekend, seeing their opening bid of £6.8million rejected by the Serie A outfit. United had been expected to return with an increased bid, but The Athletic now report that they have pulled out of any potential deal and will now switch their attention to other attacking targets.
Bologna are said to have priced Arnautovic out of the low-cost bracket which United had been hoping to utilise, having identified him as a cheap option to bolster their attack.
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Arnautovic is also a player none to the coaching staff at Old Trafford, having played under Erik ten Hag and Steve McLaren during his time at Twente.
Complaints from supporters are also said to have contributed to United's decision to walk away from the deal, with fan opposition stemming from some of Arnautovic's past actions.
He was accused of using an anti-Albanian slur during Austria's clash with North Macedonia at last summer's Euros and was banned for one match by UEFA as a result, despite insisting he was not racist after the incident.
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Arnautovic was also forced to deny allegations he had racially abused an opposition player when playing for Twente back in 2009.
During his time with West Ham United and Stoke City, Arnautovic scored 43 goals in 184 Premier League appearances as well as providing 37 assists.
After a spell in China, he joined Bologna from Shanghai Port for £2.7million last summer, going on to score 15 times in 34 appearances during his first season with the club.
Away from the Arnautovic transfer debacle, the report also claims United are edging closer to completing a deal to sign French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. It is understood that a deal worth just under £17million is on the verge of being finalised.
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