Ex-Super Eagle player, Odion Ighalo may backout of Manchester United as his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua expecting him back to start of the new Chinese Super League season, which is scheduled to begin in July.
United was optimistic about extending that date, to allow for the delay in completing the Premier League season due to COVID-19.
Ighalo has impressed in his short spell at Old Trafford since joining the club on loan in January, but his deal expires next month.
The only way United could keep the 30-year-old would now be to pay the £20million price tag on his head and won’t agree to an extension for a loan. This means if Manchester United are not willing to sign him permanently, he would head back to China to re-join his club.
ghalo’s current contract expires in December 2022, but Shanghai Shenhua wants to keep him until at least December 2024 in a deal worth £400,000 a week.
Since signing for the Man Unity on Loan deal, the 30-year-old striker has scored four goals in eight games prior to the suspension of the Premier League due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, Ighalo admitted he was willing to finish the current season with Manchester United.
‘I would like to finish the season if it’s possible. I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully we’ll come back to play. The team had a good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club.’