Sources told ESPN that Manchester United are in talks to sign Benjamin Sisko and Marko Arnautovic.
United have contacted Bologna over former Stoke and West Ham striker Arnautovic after Eric ten Hag pressured the club to sign an experienced striker who would be content with a backup role on the bench.
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Arnautovic is 33 years old, and sources have told ESPN that Tin Hag is a fan of his character after working together during his internship at FC Twente.
Sources told ESPN that Arnautovic’s transfer is considered separate from that of Benjamin Sisko and that talks are still underway with the 19-year-old striker, Salzburg.
Chelsea are also interested in Cisco, although sources have told ESPN that Salzburg would prefer to keep him until next summer. United hope to add at least one striker to the squad before the September 1 transfer deadline.
Anthony Martial is injured and Cristiano Ronaldo is still developing his fitness after spending a summer away from the team while dealing with a family issue.
Ronaldo was only selected from among the alternatives to the 2-1 loss to Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday as he forced Ten Hag to use midfielder Christian Eriksen as his number 9 liar.
Ten Hag was asked after the match about the need for new players, but the Dutchman refused to give up anything.
“I don’t mention names and I think in this pre-season that 250 players are involved or associated with Manchester United, so that’s it,” he said. “We have two rackets [Ronaldo and Martial] maybe the third, [Marcus] Rashford.
“We considered him a striker, but he had a really good season on the left side and had two really good chances but the model nine weren’t available today.”