Odion Ighalo: Man United appear unmoved with Nigerian star's return to China

Odion Ighalo: Man United appear unmoved with Nigerian star's return to China

- Odion Ighalo is set to return to China next month

- The Nigerian star's short term deal with Man United elapses on May 31

- With Marcus Rashford back in training, the Red Devils are not bothered about the 30-year-old returning to his club next month

Manchester United are reportedly unmoved with Odion Ighalo returning to his Chinese base club Shanghai Shenhua next month.

The Nigerian star joined the Red Devils on a short term loan deal earlier this year as a back up for injured Marcus Rashford.

And his short stay at Old Trafford has been nothing but memorable having scored four goals and one assist in eight appearances across competitions as reported by UK Express.

The performance led the Premier League club to propose a permanent offer for the former Super Eagles striker this summer.

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However, with the return of the England international back to training, United seem unmoved about the 30-year-old heading back to China in June.

Although they attempted to get him to stay until the end of the elongated EPL season due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, his parent club insists they won't entertain another loan offer.

The Asian club wants nothing below the range of £20 million for the striker who won the highest goals scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt.

But the club feels that is on the high side and would only consider another temporary stay at the club.

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United seem unwilling to meet this valuation and according to Sky Sports reporter James Cooper, saying: "As far as Ighalo goes, I think there is a relaxed mood from Manchester United,"

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"The facts of the matter are that his contract comes to end next Friday, May 31.

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

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"The relaxed attitude that comes from Manchester United, is that Marcus Rashford is now fit and so there is less need for Ighalo. "But I think all things being equal United would like to keep him."

Man United squad has not only been boosted with the return of Rashford, but Paul Pogba is also back in training after a long injury layoff and this will delight their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Legit.ng earlier reported that with Odion Ighalo’s six-month loan at Manchester United entering its final month, there are speculations as regards the future of the Shanghai Shenhua player.

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The former Watford of England striker joined the Red Devils from the Chinese Super League club on a six-month loan deal on transfer deadline day.

And with the new Chinese Super League season now due to start in June or July, there are concerns that Ighalo could be forced to return to his parent club, although United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjare is hoping to make the deal permanent.

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