01272021

Man United closing on Ighalo agreement to 2021, confirms agent


The representative of Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo has confirmed that an agreement between the Red Devils and Shanghai Shenhua over an extension to the striker’s loan deal is inching closer.

United stint

Nigerian hitman Ighalo secured a surprise return to the Premier League during the January transfer window.

The 30-year-old, who previously lined out for Watford, was snapped up by Manchester United on deadline day.

Ighalo made the move to Old Trafford on loan for the remainder of the campaign, after the long-term injury picked up by Marcus Rashford forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. into the market for reinforcements up top.

And, though Ighalo was widely viewed as something of a panic signing at the time, he has since gone on to impress during his brief stint in Manchester.

Across 3 starts between the Europa League and FA Cup, the African attacker has found the back of the net on 4 occasions.

This includes a wonder strike during United’s final outing before the COVID-19 outbreak, versus Austrian outfit LASK:

‘Nearing an agreement’

Despite Ighalo having added some much-needed depth to the attacking ranks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, though, as things stand, the 30-year-old’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air.

Ighalo’s current loan deal is actually set to come to an end today.

This, for obvious reasons, poses a major problem, with the coronavirus-hit Premier League campaign expected to drag into July at the earliest.

Widespread recent reports, meanwhile, suggested that Manchester United had reached an impasse in their negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua over extending Ighalo’s loan, meaning an imminent return to China looked very much on the cards.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Odion Ighalo of Manchester United celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on February 27, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

As outlined above, though, if the latest comments on the part of the experienced attacker’s representative are anything to go by, Ighalo’s future could yet lie in Manchester.

Speaking earlier today, Atta Aneke was drawn on his client’s current situation.

And the agent went on to reveal that not only is an agreement between Manchester United and Shanghai Shenhua inching closer, but such a deal looks set to see Ighalo remain in England until next year:

‘We are nearing an agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan, Aneke told Nettavisen.

The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021.’

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