Shanghai Shenhua offers Ighalo £400k deal
Odion Ighalo is at crossroads whether to continue his new dream at Manchester United or return to China to rejoin his team Shanghai Shenhua.
The Chinese big spenders are offering Ighalo an upgraded £400,000 per week deal, according to a Sky Sports report on Thursday.
Extrasportsnigeria.com understands that United are actually angling for a permanent deal once the Nigerian striker’s original six-month loan deal expires.
Ighalo’s current contract in China expires in December 2022 and Shanghai want to keep him until December 2024.
The new deal, if executed will make Ighalo Africa’s top earner.
During Ighalo’s first breakout season in the Premier League with Watford in 2016, he was in a similar position where he was tempted with a lucrative offer by another Chinese club, Hebei China Fortune.
Ighalo turned down the offer then, but has admitted that he had sleepless nights as he weighed the pros and cons of the massive deal.
“I was very close. They made a £10m bid and were offering me over £200,000 a week; a four-year contract. I couldn’t sleep for three days,” Odion Ighalo told the Daily Mail UK.
“That kind of money is not easy to turn down. Some teammates in the dressing room were saying, “You can’t miss this chance”. But I don’t jump into decisions like that.
“I knew God would direct me. When I said I don’t want to go, they offered me more money, almost £300,000 a week. I told them it’s not about the money.”