There are currently some concerns at West Ham United as the club gear up for the 2019/20 season.
The Hammers have cashed in on Marko Arnautovic for around £22 million (Telegraph) after growing tired of the forward and the controversy surrounding him, with the Austrian heading to Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG.
Despite his perceived ‘attitude’, the 30-year-old was Manuel Pellegrini’s best forward, and the task of replacing him will be by no means easy.
Maxi Gomez was a long-term target for the club, but the pursuit is reportedly now over.
Salomon Rondon was also another reported target, but the former Newcastle United loanee appears to be keen to reunite with Rafa Benitez in China.
West Ham were also linked with another striker earlier this summer (Evening Standard), who is now looking like the biggest missed opportunity of the lot.
Aleksandar Mitrovic committed his future to Fulham last week by signing a contract extension (BBC Sport) to many people’s suprise.
It was expected that the Serbia international would be leaving Craven Cottage having proven himself in the Premier League despite Fulham’s relegation.
Mitrovic – bought for £22 million in 2017 (BBC Sport) – extending is a bit of a kick in the teeth for the Hammers, as he could potentially have come in for reasonable money.
He is someone who is quite similar to Arnautovic as well in a physical sense.
While the club were seemingly wasting time trying to pay Maxi Gomez’s release clause in installements (via football.london), a potential gem looks to have gotten away.