Man Utd turn down Ighalo’s permanent deal, prioritises loan extension

Manchester United are set to extend the loan deal of striker Odion Ighalo with no immediate plans to negotiate a permanent deal for the Nigerian international.

Ighalo, who joined United on the January transfer deadline day from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua is due to return to China at the end of June after his loan spell expires which will leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with reduced options in attack.

The English Premier League is exploring the possibilities of resuming the league in June, following the suspension due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Evening Standard, United are hoping to persuade Shanghai to allow them make new terms for Ighalo, with the prospect of a £15million transfer out of the table.

Odion Ighalo celebrate scoring for Man Utd
Odion Ighalo has scored four goals in three starts for Manchester United since arriving in January (CREDIT: Getty Images)

FIFA has given clubs special dispensation to secure short-term deals in the wake of the disruption caused by COVID-19, there is a big possibility the Chinese club will reject the approach.

Old Trafford’s hierarchy accepts there is a very real chance Shanghai will reject any attempt to keep hold of the 30-year-old given the Chinese Super League is set to start.

The 30-year old Ighalo has been hugely impressive since arriving at Old Trafford – scoring four goals in three starts. Solskjaer is also keen to keep Ighalo as cover for Anthony Martial, with United still in contention for Champions League qualification and in both the FA Cup and Europa League.

United hierarchy might consider a permanent move for the former Watford striker when the transfer window eventually opens, with Ed Woodward hoping Ighalo will take a pay cut from his £300,000-a-week deal he is currently receiving at Shanghai.


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