West Ham have this morning confirmed the departure of Marko Arnautovic on WHUFC.com
A short statement on the clubs official website reads: “West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old Austrian departs after two seasons at London Stadium, during which he scored 22 goals in 65 appearances in Claret and Blue.”
Perhaps more telling is the lack of appreciation for his past efforts or wishing him luck in the future.
The transfer fee paid by Shanghai SIPG to West Ham will amount to 25 million Euros (£22.4m)with no add ons although they will have to pay another 25 million Euros to the Chinese Government in 100% Foreign player tax meaning the real cost to them is £44.8m.
The 30-year-old is understood to have signed a three-year contract on weekly wages around £280,000 per week.
It comes less than six months after he signed a new contract with West Ham for £120,000 per week adding a further 12 months to his deal. At that point, West Ham had rejected a €40m (£36m) bid from another Chinese club for their bad boy.
Stoke City are likely to see little of the transfer fee as the 20% sell on clause was based on profits on the £20m paid to them in 2017.