Manchester United extend Odion Ighalo's loan deal until January 2021

Tanya Simon
June 1, 2020

Manchester United have extended Odion Ighalo's loan until the end of January, with United agreeing a £6m fee with Shanghai Shenhua and continuing to pay just under half of Ighalo's £300,000-a-week wages.

The striker arrived from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on a temporary loan deal on the final day of the January transfer window, to provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with cover for the injured Marcus Rashford who was sidelined with a back issue.

The 30-year-old surpassed expectations in his first couple of months at Old Trafford, netting four goals in three starts for a club he will now help deal with a packed fixture schedule.

Having been plagued with injuries, particularly in the attacking department, the former Watford striker was roped in as an emergency signing, and has managed to score four goals in eight games, while being used predominantly as a substitute.

Ighalo's initial deal with the Premier League giants expired May 31.

"The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021", he said.

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Emergency visas will not be granted for those involved in the Chinese Super League, meaning Ighalo would have been unable to play for Shanghai in the coming months.

There is no option for the Premier League club to buy the Nigeria worldwide.

The new deal is however awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.

"It's been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, with a trophy for us", Solskjaer told MUTV.

"If they haven't already found a replacement, they need to find someone quickly, but if he stays his teammates get on well with him and he has Premier League experience which is a big plus".

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