The Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo’s permanent transfer to Manchester United is now in question with his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua expecting him back in time for the start of the new Chinese Super League season, scheduled to start in July.
Manchester United hopes to extend its loan stay until the end of the Premier League season, but the date remains unknown with Ighalo’s contract expiring on May 30 in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Shanghai Shenhua will only allow Ighalo to stay at Old Trafford if it is on a permanent contract for £20 m and will not consent to an extension for a loan according to Mail Online.
“This means that if Manchester United is not able to sign him permanently, he will return to China to join his club again.
The 30-year-old striker has scored four goals in eight games since signing for the club, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, before the Premier League ‘s suspension.
Ighalo revealed last week that he was ready to end the current season with Manchester United.
‘I want to finish the season, if possible. I was in good shape, in good health, scoring goals and we’ve stopped for more than a month now.
I gave it my best and hopefully we’ll get back to playing. When the pandemic began, the team was getting a strong momentum.
I am on loan at the moment, and that will slash my time at the club.
‘Ighalo’s current contract ends in December 2022, but Shanghai wants to hold him in a deal worth £400,000 a week until at least December 2024.