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Man Utd transfer news: Attention turned to £49.6m double swoop after Arnautovic backlash | Football | Sport


Manchester United have turned their attention to Cody Gakpo and Sasa Kalajdzic after deciding to chill their interest in Marko Arnautovic. The Red Devils had been keen to pursue a left-field bolt-from-the-blue transfer for the previous West Ham and Stoke City bad boy, before the intervention of supporters who fiercely vetoed the signing.

United had even tabled a £7.2million bid for the 33-year-old, a suggestion that was turned away by Italian club Bologna.

The Old Trafford hierarchy were said to be considering an improved offer before eventually opting to walk away from the negotiating table to pursue other targets.

Now The Times are reporting that Gakpo and Kalajdzic are the 2 names of their crosshairs as John Murtough bids to offer Erik ten Hag with some additional options in attack.

Ten Hag decided to field Christian Eriksen as a makeshift false-nine for the opening day of the season defeat to Brighton last Sunday, a call that has prompted further transfer activity.

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Ten Hag knows Gakpo well from his time in Holland and the 23-year-old was on the right track as PSV beat Ajax 2-1 within the KNVB Cup final last season.

The Netherlands international can play in multiple positions across the frontline and he’s widely considered to be amongst one of the best young talents in European football.

Meanwhile, an entire host of clubs have expressed interest in Stuttgart centre-forward Kalajdzic, who’s yet to sign a latest contract with the German club.

That is why Stuttgart are expected to think about a sale before the transfer window closes, although a latest contract has not yet been ruled out for Arnautovic’s international team-mate.

The 25-year-old endured an injury-hit season last term having previously fired 16 goals in 33 Bundesliga matches through the 2020/21 campaign.

Standing at 6ft 7inches, the goal man would offer an alternate option in attack for Ten Hag, particularly if United were forced to chase a game.

Kalajdzic is considered open to a Premier League move having also caught the attention of Brighton, Southampton and West Ham amongst others.

United are keen to sign a latest striker no matter Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with the Portuguese veteran still keen to explore a move elsewhere.

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