Man United Transfer: Manchester United can lose Nigerian striker on loan; working on extending his stay

Tanish Chachra
|Published 11/05/2020

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.

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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.

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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