- Odion Ighalo's deal at Old Trafford could be made permanent before the current season ends
- The 30-year-old signed a six-month deal which would expire at the end of June
- But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current Premier League season will go into July
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.
The Nigerian striker's current deal ends on June 30, and with the situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, Ighalo could leave Old Trafford before the end of the season.
Ighalo's current loan deal only runs until June but as it stands he would leave before the season is completed.
United would likely extend the 30-year-old's contract since the current league season will most likely go beyond July.
Daily Mail claims that the Red Devils will trigger Ighalo's £15million release clause from Shanghai Shenhua to make the deal permanent.
The Chinese Super League side are willing to let go if their asking price have been met which should not cause any problems for the Premier League giants.
United currently pays half of Ighalo's £300k-per-week wages for the duration of his six-month loan switch.
Ighalo has scored four goals in three starts for Man United despite acting as back up for Anthony Martial in the attack.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the club would love to keep the former Nigerian international at the Theatre of Dreams.
"He will improve and get better," said the United boss.
"He has qualities we saw in him that we needed. And we will still need those qualities next season — so let’s see what we will do."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo's impressive performance could make way for Manchester United bringing in Erling Haaland.
The 30-year-old has been a revelation since he joined the Old Trafford outfit, scoring four goals in eight matches.
Ighalo has now relieved pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils had scoring problems since injuries Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at some point.
And the Norwegian boss has hinted that they need Ighalo's kind of motivation beyond the present season, suggesting that his move could be made permanent.