Odion Ighalo Set To Exit Manchester United This Week

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The ex Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United this week to join his Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua this week as contract expires.

Ighalo set to become highest paid African player ever as Chinese club reject United loan extension

Ighalo has been a hit at Old Trafford since signing a loan deal on the final day of the January transfer window, scoring four times for his boyhood club. But since parent club, Shanghai Shenhua have keen on bringing him back to the club, the striker looks forward to returning to the Chinese Super League.

 

The ex Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United this week to join his Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua this week as contract expires.

His loan to Manchester United deal set to end on May 31st after eight appearances. United’s season will now extend well beyond that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that has caused a suspension to the campaign, with United not playing since their 5-0 demolition of LASK Linz on March 12.

United still have nine Premier League games to play and remain in the Europa League and the FA Cup. They are keen to keep Ighalo until the end of this season and have held discussions with Shanghai Shenhua about extending the loan deal.

However, the Chinese authorities are now hopeful of beginning the Chinese Super League season in late June or early July, and as a result his club are keen to have the 30-year-old striker back in the fold.

The initial loan came at a time when the CSL season was yet to begin and China was the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the country is now reporting far fewer cases and there is confidence the 2020 campaign could get underway within the next six weeks.

Ighalo has been keen to remain at Old Trafford. He has made no secret of his love for the club and has relished every minute of his unexpected move to United.

Ighalo was signed on deadline day as United’s frantic search for a striker in the wake of Marcus Rashford’s back injury came to an end.

The Nigerian’s impact at the club he supported as a boy has far exceeded expectations, with goals in all of his starts for the club, but with Rashford now fit and available again United are relaxed about the prospect of losing Ighalo at the end of this week.

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