Manchester United have agreed to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan spell from parent club Shanghai Shenhua for another seven months.
Agent Atta Aneke hinted that a deal was close earlier on Sunday, telling Norwegian outlet Nettavisien : “We are nearing an agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan. The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021.”
There have been several twists in the signing of Ighalo since he joined in January from the Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua. As of last week, Shenhua were telling United that they want the striker back May 31st for the start of their season were holding out for their £20million price tag to be met as part of a permanent deal.
With Ighalo’s age and the return of a healthy Marcus Rashford, United weren’t too keen on keeping him on a full-time basis. With the play stoppage, and current loan deal expiring, United were interested in keeping him a while longer, something that appears to have happened.
Apparently the loan fee United would pay proved to be a sticking point, with the clubs locked in talks days. The deal means he will miss much of the Chinese Super League season, which is due to start in July.