Stoke City have set an asking price of £22.5million for West Ham target Marko Arnautovic in order to try and sign three new players including Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma. Stoke rejected a second West Ham offer of £20million last week because 10% of the fee would have gone out on additional payments like agents fees and bonuses. They want to clear £20million before agreeing to a deal, particularly as manager Mark Hughes built Stoke's team around Arnautovic last season and is reluctant to see the Austrian winger leave. However, the manager may be given little choice with the tempramental Arnautovic having set his sights on playing in the bright lights of London despite signing a new four-year contract at Stoke last summer. Due to the potential of left-sided youngster Ramadan Sobhi, Stoke are likely to spend any Arnautovc windfall on other positions, particularly two centre-halves and a midfielder.
Stoke City set £22.5m asking price for Marko Arnautovic as they wait for third West Ham bid
Daily Mail | Jul 16