Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Ighalo set for Man United stay as Martins prepares to join Shanghai

Odion Ighalo arrived at Manchester United on January transfer deadline day Odion Ighalo arrived at Manchester United on January transfer deadline day
Cary Erickson | 25 March, 2020, 08:37

Odion Ighalo's loan deal with Manchester United is different to most agreements - because it is due to end on May 31, rather than at the end of June like most deals.

Ighalo, who was signed on deadline day in January, is first Nigerian footballer ever to play for the Red Devils.

However, it is now likely to be extended, because of the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Daily Mail claims that Ighalo's switch from the Chinese Super League was due to end on May 31 but United are poised to negotiate an extension with Shenhua if the Premier League campaign continues into June.

But unless Ighalo's loan can be renegotiated, the Nigeria global will have to leave on May 31.

Ighalo has netted four times in three starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.

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And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the club would love to keep the former Nigerian worldwide at the Theatre of Dreams.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo's impressive performance could make way for Manchester United bringing in Erling Haaland.

Meanwhile, United have moved ahead of the club's waiting for Federation Internationale de Football Association and are said to be close to extending Ighalo's stay.

Former Watford striker Ighalo has been a success since arriving at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in just eight appearances.

Shanghai, who did not require a loan fee in January after the Premier League outfit agreed to pay £130,000 a week towards Ighalo's wages of £300,000 a week, are prepared to sell him for a rather affordable fee.

And the Norwegian boss has hinted that they need Ighalo's kind of motivation beyond the present season, suggesting that his move could be made permanent.