MU transfer: MU seems to have failed to expand the loan contract with striker Odion Ighalo of Shanghai Shenhua.
Odion Ighalo’s loan contract with MU is valid until May 31, yesterday. MU really wants to extend this contract until the end of the season but the management club Shanghai Shenhua has firmly called the Nigerian player back.
“Red Devil” has made great efforts to negotiate to get satisfactory results. But yesterday passed without any notice regarding the extension with Ighalo.
According to the Daily Mail, this means that MU has not been able to reach an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua on Ighalo’s case. Earlier, some sources said that MU even wanted to borrow Ighalo until January 2021. However, it seems that this will not happen.
Ighalo initially joined Solskjaer’s army with the purpose of short-term replacement for the injured striker Marcus Rashford. He was considered a “fire” when the club failed to sign Norwegian star Erling Haaland.
However, the 30-year-old had a convincing performance and scored 4 goals after 8 appearances for MU before the Premier League was suspended because of Covid-19. His memorable goals in MU shirt include a stunning volley against LASK Linz in the Europa League as well as a double against Derby in the FA Cup, thereby helping “Reds” into the quarterfinals.
Ighalo’s current contract with Shanghai Shenhua will expire in December 2022, but the Chinese club is expected to keep him until 2024.
Sky Sports sources added that Shanghai Shenhua initially only accepted to sell Ighalo to MU but did not want to extend the current loan agreement. The team can now allow Ighalo to extend his time at Old Trafford provided he signs a new two-year deal.