Manchester United are ‘reluctant’ to sign Odion Ighalo on a permanent basis, according to ESPN.
The Nigerian’s future has been heavily speculated over the past week, as Shanghai Shenhua want him back in time for the Chinese Super League. Their domestic campaign is scheduled to start in July, a time-frame in which the Premier League will not be completed by.
Ighalo’s loan is set to expire on May 31st, but the Red Devils are keen to extend the deal to keep the forward at the club to see out their remaining fixtures (with the hope that the campaign will be restarted). Although official discussions are yet to take place, ESPN report that Shenhua may not be tempted by a new loan fee.
Instead, the Chinese club have set an asking price of around £20m for the Nigerian. Given that Igahlo is set to turn thirty-one next month, such a demand is likely to be brushed aside by United, particularly given the added context of these economically challenging times.
As per the above report, this does seem to be the club’s mindset, due to their ‘reluctance’ to make the signing permanent. Particularly given Marcus Rashford’s return from injury, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may want to invest their ‘restricted’ finances elsewhere.
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