Having realized his long term dream of playing for Manchester United in January transfer window, Odion Ighalo has only played 8 games in the English premier league for the club and now finds himself heading back to China.
Shanghai Shenhua has recalled the Nigerian international from the 4-month short loan contract he was on with Manchester United. The Chinese club expects the forward to travel back to China on Sunday.
Shanghai has offered the 30-year-old striker, who has scored four goals in eight appearances for United, a new contract worth a whopping £75million over four years. This is an incredible offer for the big striker.
Ighalo joined United on a four-month loan from Shanghai on deadline day in the January transfer window to provide cover for Marcus Rashford.
Will United Go back in the Market to Replace Departing Ighalo?
There was much trepidation about the move, with Ighalo seen as a panic buy after United’s move for Josh King collapsed, but the Nigerian proved his worth and is desperate to stay at Old Trafford to play for the team he has always dreamed of playing for.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also hinted that he wants to keep the experienced forward, but his loan deal expires in six days and the report claims “talks between the two clubs have reached an impasse”.
United could sign Ighalo permanently, but Shanghai has placed a £20million price tag on the former Watford man and United are not keen on a permanent deal.
Shanghai meanwhile is eager to get Ighalo back with the delayed Chinese Super League season likely to start as soon as next month, and have offered Ighalo a new three-and-a-half-year contract that runs until January 1, 2024, which is worth £400,000 per week.
This could also now mean that Manchester United get back into the market to hunt for a forward that can provide cover for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
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