There are plenty of Manchester United fans who want Odion Ighalo signed permanently. After all, the Nigerian hit the ground running at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in eight appearances.
However, the BBC claims United will not buy Ighalo outright. If he does remain beyond May, it will be an extension to his current loan and nothing more.
That is somewhat surprising, given the relatively small fee it would take to buy him. According to the Sun, it will cost £20million to buy a player who clearly loves United and is thriving in the shirt. But that money seems to be earmarked for elsewhere.
Given United’s previous need for Ighalo, they will surely sign an alternative this summer if he doesn’t remain.
Marcus Rashford is fit and ready to fire, while Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will only get better. But four top strikers has always been the dream – just as United had in their pomp.
Igahlo’s age may be the determining factor in any United decision. In short, it is unlikely they would turn him down if he was five years younger. But talk continues that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eye is elsewhere.
The Daily Star suggests that United are increasingly confident of bringing in Moussa Dembele when the transfer window opens. He is tipped to cost £60million (£40m more than Ighalo). But, at 23, he is still years from his peak.
Is that why United are allegedly willing to walk away from Ighalo? It would be a huge shame. Watching the Nigeria international play for the club has been brilliant but frustratingly brief.
But if Dembele is wearing a United shirt next season, Solskjaer is unlikely to mind.