Ighalo set for Man United exit

Attacker Odion Ighalo is set to leave Manchester United this week. He can only continue at Old Trafford if there is a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations with his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The Nigerian arrived at Old Trafford in January on a loan deal until the end of the season, but the short-term contract set to expire on May 30. The season was meant to have finished.

The suspension of football due to Covid-19 and the consequent delay to ending the season has seen all Premier League teams agree that clubs can temporarily extend contracts of players whose deals are coming to an end this summer.

Reports from England indicate that United are keen to keep Ighalo to at least complete the season but there has yet to be progress in negotiations with Chinese Super League side Shenhua. Shenshua want their player back to begin preparations for the resumption of the Chinese Super League.

Shenhua though have indicated that they would be open to selling Ighalo if United made a good offer, but it appears United are looking elsewhere for a long-term reinforcement.

Ighalo on his part wants to extend his stay at Old Trafford, and while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to add a forward to his squad in the summer transfer window, a Goal report on Monday confirmed that an offer has not been made to sign Ighalo on a permanent deal.

The deadline day deal to bring Ighalo to United in January was widely criticised, but he has impressed during his time in Manchester, scoring four goals in three starts for the club.

Marcus Rashford has returned to full fitness after the back injury which has kept him sidelined since the start of the year, so the club are relaxed over Ighalo’s future as Solskjaer will have options when the season resumes.