Chelsea set to make approach for Premier League No.7 forward

By | January 14, 2019

Chelsea are eyeing move for West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic as a possible alternative target to Gonzalo Higuain.

West Ham talisman Arnautovic was linked with a move to Manchester United in May with Sky Sports stating that Jose Mourinho wanted Marko Arnautovic, but the Hammers had no desire to offload and valued him at £50 million.

The Austrian striker then said it was a “great honour” as Jose Mourinho came and watched him in at the end of May, although the former United boss claimed he was just on holiday in the area at the time.

However now, it is Chelsea who appear to have set their sights on the move for the former Stoke City man.

Austria international has played more of a central forward role under Manuel Pellegrini this term and has reaped the benefits, netting seven times including a double against Brighton.

Bleacher Report insists that the Blues will reach out to the Hammers to test the waters over a potential move, but their hopes rest on Marko Arnautovic having his head turns as West Ham will likely do everything they can to prevent the departure happening.

AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain is still understood to be Maurizio Sarri’s first choice, but the complicated nature of the Argentine’s situation makes a January move unlikely.