Odion Ighalo’s future at Manchester United is still in doubt
New season of the Chinese Super will kick-off in a matter of weeks
United are open to keeping Ighalo but the Red Devils must pay a £20million fee With Odion Ighalo’s six-month loan at Manchester United entering its final month, there are speculation as regards the future of the Shanghai Shenhua player.
The former Watford of England striker joined the Red Devils from the Chinese Super League club on a six-month loan deal on transfer deadline day.
And with the new Chinese Super League season now due to start in June or July, there are concerns that Ighalo could be forced to return to his parent club, although United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjare is hoping to make the deal permanent.
United are open to keeping Ighalo, but a £20m fee reportedly demanded by Shanghai Shenhua could be a stumble block.
“Realistically, Ighalo suits Manchester United. But many things are now uncertain due to Covid-19.
Would Manchester United be willing to spend? Would their bid reach our expectation?”, Shanghai Shenhua sporting director Zhou Jun was quoted by m.ttplus.cn as cited in Complete Sports.
The 30-year-old has shunned critics since his arrival at the Old Trafford club scoring four goals in eight appearances for United.
Ighalo’s personal trainer Ekemini Ekerette has revealed the number of years the Nigerian striker wants to commit to Man United.
Ekerette has revealed that Ighalo is desperate to commit the rest of his future at Old Trafford.
He told Goal: “He’s a team player and has been talking about (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial, (Mason) Greenwood, and how fantastic they all are, so he’s looking forward to hopefully getting to play with Rashford.
Gomes is understood to have increasingly grown unsettled at United after discussions over a new deal with the club broke down.
Metro UK reports the teenage sensation will be out of contract with the Red Devils at the end of June after when he will be free to leave for nothing.
It is believed he has already rejected United’s offer of a new deal worth around £25,000-a-week that could see him extend his stay at Old Trafford.