Manchester United fans will be desperate to see Odion Ighalo’s loan deal extended beyond May. And that could ultimately be beneficial for both the Nigerian’s clubs.
It is no surprise that Shanghai Shenhua rate Ighalo so highly. According to the Metro, the United loanee would now cost £30million to sign outright.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to sanction a permanent move for that price, which is around £10million more than a reasonable fee for the 30-year-old. But the United boss wants him for the rest of the current campaign.
Speaking to United’s official website, Solskjaer said, ‘We’re in dialogue. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.’
That would be a wonderful way to end a magical, albeit brief, spell at his boyhood club. It would also send him back to China with a big smile on his face.
Ighalo’s happiness at finishing what he’s started should not be understated.
It would be easy – and understandable – for his parent club to call him back at the end of his current contract. His ability in front of goal remains remarkable . But it would be a far wiser move to sanction an extension.
That would ensure Igahlo’s dream comes to a more natural end, rather than the premature halt caused by football’s postponement. Regardless of if United win a trophy, it would also allow the striker to finish things on his terms.
As his Europa League wonder-strike proved, the United loanee was just getting started. Shanghai would welcome back a far happier player if he stays at Old Trafford for a while longer.