Marko Arnautovic tipped to find unlikely China exit route to Europe #WHU

Marko Arnautovic tipped to find unlikely China exit route to Europe




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Marko Arnautovic could return to Europe just a few months after fighting so hard to leave.

The former Stoke City talisman and West Ham forward is being linked in the Russian media with a move to Lokomotive Moscow from Shanghai SIPG, with apparent negotiations underway.

The deadline has passed in major leagues but in Russia the transfer window is open until February 21.

It comes as uncertainty remains about the Chinese Super League due to the coronavirus.

The new season was scheduled to kick off on February 22 but as it stands fixtures have been delayed indefinitely. Clubs have been told that they will be given 15 days’ notice if and when the decision is taken to resume the competition.

The earliest possible start will now be in April.

Arnautovic scored 10 times and chipped in with three assists in 16 appearances for Shanghai last term, having signed a big money contract until 2022 only last summer. Shanghai splashed out £22.4m to get the deal done.

The 30-year-old is reported to have one eye on Euro 2020 and making sure he is ready to feature for Austria, who have been drawn in a group with Holland, Ukraine and a play-off winner.

Arnautovic was with Stoke for four years and was a key figure in the best days under Mark Hughes, who has been recently reminiscing about the maverick’s role in a 6-1 demolition of Liverpool.

Hughes said: “Marko is a great player, good power, strength, ability on the ball. On the day he was against Emre Can, which was a little bit of a mismatch in my view and caused untold problems on this left side. He was influential in a number of the situations of the game and probably should have scored a couple himself.”



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