Man Utd ‘hit brick wall’ in ‘severe blow’ to Ighalo extension

Shanghai Shenhua have dealt Man Utd a ‘severe blow’ in their hopes of extending Odion Ighalo’s loan deal, according to reports.

Ighalo made his shock deadline-day switch from Shanghai Shenhua in January and the ex-Watford striker has impressed the Old Trafford faithful.

The 30-year-old has scored four goals in three starts for the club he has supported since childhood but adding to his eight appearances has been complicated by the coronavirus crisis.

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The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 – the day after he netted a stunning goal at LASK in the Europa League – and play is unlikely to resume until mid-June at the earliest.

Ighalo’s loan deal expires on May 31 and, despite their attacking injury issues easing, Man Utd are understood to be open to extending his Old Trafford stint.

However, the Daily Mail now claims that Man Utd have ‘hit a brick wall’ in their attempts to keep him on loan with Shanghai Shenhua rejecting ‘United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months’.

Instead, the Chinese Super League outfit are ‘demanding that the Nigerian striker rejoins them to prepare for the start of the delayed Chinese Super League season’.

Shanghai are so ‘determined to get Ighalo back’ that they’ve offered him a two-year extension to his contract with a significant pay increase.

The Chinese outfit ‘are prepared to sell him for a fee in excess of £20m’ but a ‘permanent deal has not been discussed’.


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