Sometimes things are said which seem to have absolutely no grounding in reality whatsoever.

Football can produce some such comments, but Danijel Arnautovic – Marko’s agent and brother – has really pushed the boat out here.

He has been trying to get the Austrian a move to the Chinese Super League, as has been reported by Sky Sports, but with an unnamed club only having offered £19.7 million so far, West Ham rightly aren’t budging.

This has led Danijel to come out with the following statement, which was said to Sky Sports and quoted by Uber West Ham:

That he has likened his brother – who was given a £100,000-contract after going awol in January – to a “cow or a horse you bring to market” is simply ludicrous.

Arnautovic may want the move, but he doesn’t seem to want it enough to hand in a transfer request – as that would see him out of pocket, as stated by ExWHUEmployee.

By the looks of things, the pair want everything to be done completely on their terms, which often isn’t the case for anybody – and shouldn’t be here.

If they really want a move, they need to indicate to the unnamed Chinese team who want them that they should actually put in a decent and respectable offer.

A selection of Twitter reaction to the comments can be seen below: