Man Utd to complete signing of £300000-a-week star this summer

Tanya Simon
March 25, 2020

Odion Ighalo is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United with his loan deal set to expire on May 31, sources have told ESPN.

Negotiating an extension is a possibility if the season spills over into the summer, but it is said that United are ready to strike a £15m permanent deal for the Nigerian worldwide anyway.

Ighalo, like many other players on loan deals running until June, will have to wait anxiously whether their deals will be extended beyond their current contract.

As things stand there is still a hope that football can resume in the summer with various dates being discussed - including the third week in May, which appears extremely optimistic, or June 1 which may also prove to be impossible.

The agreement would have covered United's campaign until after the Europa League final on May 27, but that has now been thrown into doubt after the Premier League and European club competitions were suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus crisis.

Shanghai, who did not require a loan fee in January after the Premier League outfit agreed to pay £130,000 a week towards Ighalo's wages of £300,000 a week, are prepared to sell him for a rather affordable fee. Ighalo had to initially train alone after arriving from China at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in that country.

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Ighalo has netted four times in three starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.

There's no doubting Ighalo has made an excellent impression on Manchester United since joining in the last moments of the January transfer window.

The Norwegian boss said: "He will improve and get better".

This comes as a major development as Ighalo was seen as a panic buy that came as a result of United failing to land key striking targets such as Erling Braut Haaland, Timo Werner and Edinson Cavani.

"He has qualities we saw in him that we needed".

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