Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is likely to continue to wear Man United on loan for another 2 months.
According to the initial contract, MU will borrow him until the end of May and does not include the purchase term. However, the Covid-19 outbreak broke out and caused the 2019/20 season to last longer than expected.
Odion Ighalo asks to stay at Man United
Manchester Evening News said Ighalo personally asked Shanghai Shenhua if he could stay at MU until the end of the 2019/20 season. Meanwhile, Shanghai Shenhua wants to receive 20 million pounds if MU wants to buy off the Nigerian striker.
In a recent MUTV interview, coach Ole Solskjaer confirmed the Ighalo loan agreement is about to expire. However, MU is negotiating with Shanghai Shenhua about Ighalo’s future.
“Ighalo’s contract only lasts until the end of May. Therefore, he will return to Shanghai Shenhua,” coach Ole Solskjaer shared on MUTV. “We are negotiating. Shanghai Shenhua treats us and Ighalo great. They give him the opportunity to play for his dream club.”
The Norwegian strategist insisted: “This is Ighalo’s dream, so I hope he can accomplish it and it would be great if he won the trophy with us. Currently, there is not any “Any agreement is approved. The Chinese Super League may start soon, and we can only wait and see what happens.”
In the winter transfer period of 2020, Odion Ighalo joined MU from Shanghai Shenhua on loan. MU must spend 3 million pounds to own Ighalo from then until the end of May 2020. In addition, they have to pay a salary of £ 100,000 / week (within an income of £ 300,000 / week) to the Nigerian striker.
United can bid farewell to Ighalo this week
The contract between Man United and Odion Ighalo is only valid until May 30. Meanwhile, Shanghai Shenhua Club wants to call the Nigerian striker back to play in China Super League.
According to Goal, Ighalo will leave Old Trafford this week unless a new negotiation takes place between Man United and Shanghai Shenhua. The source also said that the “Red Devils” are very keen to keep Ighalo stay, at least until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Ighalo has shown impressive performance at MU when scoring 4 goals and 1 assist in 8 appearances in all competitions. Currently, MU has not decided to buy Ighalo. In the opposite direction, Ighalo also confirmed he has not received any new offers from the Old Trafford team.
The Chinese team is willing to sell Odion Ighalo to United if they receive a reasonable amount of money. However, with this striker turning 30, Man United does not want to activate the deal. Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to target a young striker, talented and can stick with the “Red Devils”.
This time, Ighalo’s presence is quite important in the context of Marcus Rashford’s injury. Meanwhile, after selling Romelu Lukaku and letting Alexis Sanchez leave, Man United has no additional.
Since moving to Man United, Odion Ighalo has scored 4 goals and 1 assist in all competitions. Ighalo also proved to be quite compatible with the new teammates and was appreciated at the pressure, wall.