West Ham have been offered 35 million euros by the unnamed Chinese club for striker Marko Arnautovic – not the £35m widely reported!
ClaretandHugh has this evening learned that the reported £35 million, in fact, relates to euros making it worth £31.5 million approx.
And the Hammers have made it clear they have no intention of accepting such a ludicrous offer particularly as they will have to pay a 20 per cent sell on bonus to Stoke City ( around £6.2 million ).
The problem facing Chinese Super League clubs when bidding for players is that under new legislation brought in a year ago they have to pay 100 per cent of the fee to the Government as well.
And whilst this makes the Arnautovic bid 70 million Euros in their own terms it is half of that as far as the selling club is concerned.
The Hammers paid £20 million to Stoke plus four per cent to the Premier League ( £800k approx) and another £1 million to the agent when they brought Arnautovic into the club.
So the bid from the Chinese would give the Hammers around a £5 million profit on a player who is widely believed to be worth £60-£70 million.
Arnautovic’s brother and agent Danjiel claimed in a statement the Hammers had bought the striker for “peanuts” at £20 million and adds that this a fantastic offer declaring: “It is close to double what they paid for him.”
The Hammers meanwhile in revealing the true figures to Claret and Hugh by email from a highly placed source have made it clear they will not sell in the January window but added: “We ’d reconsider the position in the Summer, but how do you find a replacement in January?
And contrary to what the agent is claiming this really is not a good offer.”