Odion Ighalo: Shanghai Shenhua open to Manchester United keeping striker until January

Odion Ighalo: Shanghai Shenhua open to Manchester United keeping striker until January

- Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with Manchester United expires on Sunday, May 31

- Shanghai Shenhua are reportedly open to extending the loan with the Premier League giants

- Ighalo may not be able to return to China soon because of travel logistics due to the lockdown

There are reports that Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua are now ready to allow Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo 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 latest reports have it that Shenhua are now open to further extend the loan deal.

Shanghai Shenhua's original stance was that they would only agree to extend his loan if an obligation to buy was incorporated into the deal. Ighalo would be likely to cost upwards of £20m.

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It is now thought Shanghai Shenhua will expect Ighalo to sign a new contract with them as a condition of him being allowed to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

Ighalo's current deal in China is up in December 2022. The offer on the table is worth £400,000 a week and would run until December 2024.

His agent, Ladi Salami, has disclosed that Manchester United are doing everything possible to keep the 30-year-old at the club till the end of the season and are currently negotiating with his parent club.

Ighalo has scored four goals for the Premier League giants, but his stint has been marred by the lockdown and lack of football, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parent club Shanghai Shenhua are demanding he returns to China with reports that the new Super League season will kick-off in June.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United stars are already preparing for the return of Premier League which has no specific date yet.

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Source: Legit.ng

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