According to a report in the Telegraph, Stoke City look set to lose forward Marko Arnautovic due to the player’s high wage demands and interest from other clubs.
The report claims that the Austrian international has a release clause of just £12.5 million, but Stoke’s attempts to negotiate a new deal have fallen flat due to his hefty £70,000-plus per week wage demands.
Such figures are currently in line with top players Xherdan Shaqiri and Giannelli Imbula, stars who cost Stoke far more than the reported £2 million they shelled out for Arnautovic.
But the talented forward may feel that he is worthy of such a pay rise. After all he has been in terrific form this season and some could argue he is certainly good enough to play for a top six club.
According to a report in the Mirror, his eye-catching displays have attracted the attentions of Paris Saint-Germain, who were said to be contemplating making a bid during the January transfer window.
Without European football, Stoke will always be susceptible to losing their better players and Arnautovic is no different – regardless of whether he came to the Premier League as a relatively unknown quantity.
Stoke’s chances of finishing in the European spots this season are quite slim, meaning owner Peter Coates may have a big decision to make this summer in terms of their wage structure.