Stoke chief admits star man could leave, PSG interested

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has admitted that the Britannia Stadium outfit are in danger of losing Marko Arnautovic this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in the Austrian attacker according to The Mirror.

The former Inter Milan playmaker had an impressive campaign for the Potters, thriving in a forward line alongside Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Arnautovic scored a host of important goals that handed wins to Mark Hughes’ men, netting 11 times in the Premier League over the course of the campaign.

However, the 27-year-old is in the last year of his contract with Stoke and has delayed on extending his time with the English club.

Arnautovic is also believed to have a £12.5 million release clause in his current deal, with PSG circling and considering a summer raid for the brutish attacker.

Scholes has confessed that he hopes to get a deal done to keep the star at the club but that the player is in a position of power currently.

“I would love to appear more knowledgeable than anyone else on this. But the truth is it’s in Marko’s hands,” he said.

“And at the moment, the decision he’s taken is that he doesn’t want to sign yet.

“He’s not out of contract for another year, albeit there is a release clause in his contract.

“We hope he will sign, but as I sit here now I can’t give you a definitive answer on that.”