Although Arnautovic is arguably one of West Ham’s most dangerous players on his day, the club have to consider his age, his history with the club and the reported fee which is being proposed for his services when deciding his future.
The forward, who could be seen as a target man standing at 6ft 3in tall (Source: Transfermrkt) is now 30-years of age, and is arguably way past his peak, so surely it would be worth the club cashing in now that there is reported interest in the Austrian, as they would be able to make a profit on how much they paid for him back in 2017, despite him being in his thirties.
Arnautovic made the switch from Stoke to the Hammers in 2017 for a fee of £24million, but looks likely to be available to the Italian giants for a fee in the region of £30million.
This would be a £6million profit for the London club, which is a significant amount of money when considering the Austrian’s age, even if the direct profit seems small on paper.
Arnautovic has only netted eleven times this season in all competitions for the Hammers, so for a £30million price tag to be put on his head at this stage in his career, the club would be silly not to at least consider cashing-in on the forward.
The 30-year old also looked set to move away from the club in January, as The Telegraph claimed that Arnautovic wanted a big-money move to China, and this should be highlighted when considering the player’s attitude to his work.
It may be a smart move for West Ham to simply cash-in on any reported interest coming in for the player, or at least consider negotiating, as it could help for bringing another addition to the London Stadium in the near future.