The forward’s agreement at Old Trafford is only valid until May 30, and his parents’ club Shangahi Shenhua wants him to return to play in the Chinese Super League
Odion Ighalo is set to go Manchester United this week unless there is a last minute breakthrough in negotiations with his parents’ club Shanghai Shenhua.
The 30-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in January on loan until the end of the season, with his short-term contract expiring on May 30.
The suspension of football due to Covid-19 and the delay that ended to end the season has made all Premier League teams agree that temporary clubs can extend the contract of players whose agreement will expire this summer.
United want to keep Ighalo until the season starts and is played to the end, but there has been no progress in negotiations with Chinese Super League club Shenhua because they want to have the former player.Nigeria international back to begin preparations for the resumption of CSL.
There is no exact date for continuing action China, but the lack of troop depth meant Shenhua saw Ighalo as an important part of their army.
Llifelong United fan Ighalo wants to extend his stay at Old Trafford, and while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to add a forward to his team in the summer transfer window, Aim can confirm that an offer has not been made to sign Ighalo with a permanent agreement.
Shenhua will be open to selling the former Nigerian international if United make a “reasonable” offer, but the Red Devils are looking elsewhere for long-term reinforcement.
The deal’s deadline for bringing Ighalo to United in January was widely criticized, but he had been impressive during his time at Manchester, scoring four goals in the initial three for the club.
Marcus Rashford has returned to full fitness after a back injury which has kept him out since the start of the year, so the club is relaxed about Ighalo’s future because Solskjaer will have an option when the season continues.
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The United players returned to training at Carrington club headquarters last week after the green light was given for a socially distant session.
Each club regularly tests players and their staff for coronavirus, with the latest results round released over the weekend showed two positive results after 996 tests.
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