Odion Ighalo: Manchester United yet to make offer for Shanghai Shenhua striker

 Odion Ighalo: Manchester United yet to make offer for Shanghai Shenhua striker
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Man Utd remain in talks over Odion Ighalo, who is expected to cost more than £20m.

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Manchester United are yet to make an offer to Shanghai Shenhua for Odion Ighalo, with his current loan deal due to expire on Sunday.

United remain in talks to extend the 30-year-old’s stay at Old Trafford, but the Chinese side will only agree to a permanent deal or an extension to his loan that incorporates an obligation to buy. Ighalo would be likely to cost upwards of £20m.

As things stand, Shenhua expect Ighalo to have returned in time for the resumption of the Chinese Super League season, expected to be at the end of June or beginning of July.

In March, Sky Sports News reported Shenhua had offered Ighalo a new four-year contract worth £400,000 per week. His current deal expires in December 2022.

Although he may have already played his last game for the club, Ighalo is taking part in training with his United team-mates at their Carrington base.

The Nigerian striker made an impact for United following his surprise Deadline Day move, scoring four times in eight appearances prior to the suspension of the Premier League..

Ole Gunnar solkjear called him vital as they dealt with Marcus Rashford’s prolonged absence due to a back injury.

“There is a will from Manchester United to keep the player but I think, equally, Shanghai Shenhua would like the player back in China playing for them.

“I think the relaxed attitude comes from the fact Marcus Rashford is now fit and there is less need for Ighalo but, all things being equal, United would like to keep him.”

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