Marko Arnautovic may have finally grown tired of wasting his talents; unfortunately for him, with his 30th birthday coming up in April, the realisation has a few years too late. Still, he’s had just about the best period of his career in the past 1.5 years, since joining West Ham — including 5 goals in 10 Premier League appearances this season — so perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s hoping to leverage that into one more big opportunity.
His agent and brother Daniel, who has been next to Marko throughout all these years, is actively working to try to make that happen. A trophy would sure look nice, too, for the Hammers’ reigning Player of the Year.
“He is ready for the next step. It’s not like that he wants to leave, but we believe that the time has come that Marko takes a step forward in his career, maybe try to win a trophy, maybe the Champions League. The stats are on his side”
Moving back to Inter Milan, where he spent one unhappy season under José Mourinho in the 2009-10 — Mourinho described him as “a fantastic person but with an attitude of a child” — is an option. But a better Premier League team is the likeliest step, with the agent naming Chelsea and Everton specifically.
“Many Premier League clubs are following him, like Chelsea and Everton, but they are not the only ones.”
-Daniel Arnautovic; source: Gianluca Di Marzio
Ability-wise, Marko would be a great addition to the team. Perhaps not as a first option from the get-go, he could be quite useful as a backup striker while also doubling as a winger considering how that was his original position before his transition to centre forward at West Ham.
But his age and his past issues weigh against him. Arnautovic would undoubtedly like to move on from the disaster that is West Ham, and maybe even win a trophy finally as all players would, but a Chelsea transfer seems rather fanciful at this point in time ... though not for a lack of trying by his agent.