Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Coronavirus: Man Utd take decision on extending Ighalo’s deal

Coronavirus: Man Utd take decision on extending Ighalo’s deal

Manchester United are ready to sign Odion Ighalo for up to £15million this summer after it emerged the Nigerian striker's loan runs out on May 31.

Ighalo underwent a 14-day quarantine period before linking up with United, who are unlikely to be playing anytime soon as the coronavirus pandemic has seen Premier League action suspended until at least the end of April.

Odion Ighalo could be handed a permanent deal at Man United after impressing his employers since his deadline day move in January, cited on Mirror.

Fifa, Uefa and FifPro, the world players' union, have already indicated that clubs will be able to agree short-term contract extensions due to the coronavirus although how that will operate is yet to be decided.

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's temporary move from Shanghai Shenhua is set to end a month earlier than most loan deals.

The 30-year-old joined late in the January window as an emergency backup after United had failed to recruit any of their preferred targets, but he has impressed during his brief stay at Old Trafford, bagging four goals in eight games.

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Ighalo has scored four goals in three starts for Man United despite acting as back up for Anthony Martial in the attack.

'The challenge before us is not a football one, but a global one.

United are certainly in the market for a centre-forward with Ighalo hoping he can be signed on a permanent deal to take that role.

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

Ighalo does these things naturally and while he might not be as feted as the likes of Henrik Larsson or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, like them, he's delivered the goods so far and proved to be a shrewd bit of business.

"And we will still need those qualities next season - so let's see what we will do".

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