Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic has reportedly rejected a new contract with the club. Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested in the Austria international.
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Arnautovic Snubs New Deal
Thursday, Jan. 7
According to Simon Jones of the MailOnline, the 26-year-old’s decision to reject the terms offered to him is twofold.
Arnautovic is said to be demanding £80,000-a-week in order to extend at the Britannia Stadium, and there is also recent “serious" interest from PSG, with scouts from the French giants reportedly running the rule over the winger this term.
The player’s current deal at the club expires in the summer of 2017, and Stoke fans will be desperate for their side to keep hold of a player who has become a talismanic figure for Mark Hughes’ team.
Indeed, since moving to the club in the summer of 2013, Arnautovic has become a big favourite with supporters. He’s still a little erratic at times, but the Austrian’s driving runs, strength on the ball and brilliant bits of skill have helped Stoke’s progression from a team of pragmatists to one of the most aesthetic sides in the division.
It’s during this season that Arnautovic has really stepped up, though, adding a steady stream of goals to his game.
At the start of 2016, WhoScored.com took a detailed statistical look at his form so far this campaign:
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A move to a team like PSG may seem appealing for a player who is finally realising his potential, but having flopped at Inter Milan, Arnautovic must be wary about moving back to an elite side. Indeed, as good as he has been this term, it’s tough to see him ousting the likes of Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani on the flanks in Paris.
Stoke are a team making encouraging developments under Hughes, and Arnautovic has been central to that progress. With that in mind, surely a new deal will be struck at some point before the season ends, handing the player a suitable pay rise and allowing the Potters to protect their investment.