Man United Transfer: Manchester United can lose Nigerian striker on loan; working on extending his stay
Man United Transfer News: Manchester United set to lose Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on loan from China, club working on giving an extension.
Manchester United got a utility striker in Odion Ighalo after the Nigerian striker signed a loan deal with Manchester United which was going to keep him till the end of this season.
But with expiry month about to approach in his loan deal, Manchester United is keen on keeping him for a little longer as they are yet to solve their problems in attack.
According to a report by the ESPN, Manchester United fear of losing the 30-year-old striker parent club Shanghai Shenhua want him back for the new Chinese Super League, scheduled to start in July.
Manchester United are keen to keep hold of the Nigeria international to allow him to feature in the fixtures that have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Red Devils are reluctant of giving him a permanent deal Shanghai’s price tag is around £20 million — and Solskjaer is aware that he may not have the 30-year-old in his squad if the Premier League gets the green light to return.
The English giants are ready to offer another loan term but it might not tempt Shanghai Shenhua, formal discussions are yet to take place and United will hold off until a plan for the completion of the season is finalised.
Ighalo has been a success after scoring four goals in his eight appearances, but the urgency that prompted the surprise move for the former Watford man on deadline day in January has diminished with Marcus Rashford nearing a full recovery from a back injury.
As of now, Manchester United have 9 Premier League games to play and still are in the Europe League. Therefore, with the pressure of ending the season in time, once the games resume, Manchester United will definitely need a squad depth.