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Manchester United exploring Ighalo options

United exploring Ighalo options

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According to ESPN, Manchester United are exploring several options to keep fan favorite Odion Ighalo at Old Trafford once his loan agreement ends.

Currently, United have a loan agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to keep the Nigerian striker at Old Trafford until May 30 but if the Premier League season does re-start, more than likely it will be after the May 30th date and it puts Ighalo’s status in doubt at United.

Last week FIFA suggested contracts ending this summer should be extended until the season can be completed, but there is a concern at Old Trafford that the proposals will be difficult to implement, particularly given Shanghai Shenhua are likely to want Ighalo to return for the delayed start of the Chinese Super League.

United are considering options that include trying to renegotiate Ighalo’s loan, making an offer to Shanghai to buy him permanently or allow the 30-year-old to return to China but that would leave United shorthanded in the striker position.

It was reported earlier that Shenhua have offered Ighalo a $400k a week contract to return to China but the United striker recently posted on Twitter his desire to stay at Old Trafford.