- Odion Ighalo's stay at Man United appears to be gathering positive results
- The Red Devils have reached out to his parent club to allow him to finish the season
- Reports now reveal that the latest development shows the Nigerian might stay at Old Trafford until January 2021
Manchester United are reportedly edging towards reaching an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua over Odion Ighalo's contract extension.
The 30-year-old's current deal with the Red Devils expires at the end of next month and he is expected to return to his Chinese Super League club.
However, with the Premier League extended due to coronavirus complications, United are hoping they can persuade Ighalo's parent club to allow him to remain at Old Trafford until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, a fresh report coming from the club reveals that the former Watford star might be with the EPL side until the end of next January transfer window if both parties terms.
According to UK Express, the former Super Eagles star has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having scored four goals and one assist across competitions for the team.
The publication reveals that Man United have until the end of Sunday to agree an extension for the Nigeria international, with Solskjaer keen for him to stay.
Sky Sports claims The Red Devils are close to keeping Ighalo until January before rejoining his parent club.
Ighalo has a new improved contract awaiting his return in China but the Nigerian star has decided to stay at Old Trafford a little more
The Chinese club initially wanted him back before the start of their new season but all that may have changed now with the attacker choosing to stay against all odds.
United chiefs believe the former Watford star has been positively influencing their youngsters in the dressing room.
Former Red Devils star Dimitar Berbatov says Ighalo has earned chance to be given a permanent deal by the Premier League club.
“He deserves it, he has done great at United and he surprised many people with how he played in such a short time.
“I’m sure he wants to stay, but now it's about if the two teams can come to an understanding, but it's also a money factor as they will offer him a lot of money to go back.
“If he stays he will score goals, of that I am sure. In the small time he was playing, he played the right way and was playing well with team-mates.
“I’m not sure if he was the first option ahead of Martial and Rashford, but when he did play he did a fantastic job. It comes down to if Ole needs his services, or if they find someone else, if he stays it's good news.
“United need to know what is happening with him. If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him.
“If they haven't already found a replacement, they need to find someone quickly, but if he stays his teammates get on well with him and he has Premier League experience which is a big plus.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua are now ready to allow Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo to remain at the club until January 2021.
Manchester United are making last-minute efforts to sealing a deal with Ighalo’s parent club as his six-month loan spell will lapse on Sunday, May 31.
With border restrictions due to the lockdown affecting travel logistics, Ighalo may not be able to return to China next week and the latest reports have it that Shenhua are now open to further extend the loan deal.
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