The contract of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo is currently facing a series of complications as the former Nigerian International striker parent club Shanghai Shenhua demands a permanent deal.
The Mainland china babsed club Shanghai Shenhua are expecting the Watford striker to return to China from his loan spell at Manchester United in time for the start of the new Chinese Super League season, which is billed to begin in July.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are keen to extend Ighalo’s loan spell to cover the end of the 2019/2020 Premier League season, which resumption date remains unclear due to the coronavirus crisis.
Premier League clubs will vote on Monday to extend the spell of players whose contract ends on 31st May, but Shanghai Shenhua will only allow Ighalo to stay at Manchester United on a permanent basis with a reported fee in the region of £20m.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations’ highest goal scorer revealed last month that there is “no offer on the table yet” from Manchester United over extending his stay at the club beyond his current loan spell.
It is also believed that Newcastle United will be interested in Ighalo’s signature if their proposed takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is done this summer.
The Lagos-born striker made a scintillating impression at Old Trafford following his surprised move to Manchester United on deadline day, netting four times in eight appearances before the suspension of the football.
The Old traford United hierarchy might consider a permanent move for the striker when the transfer window eventually opens, with Ed Woodward hoping Ighalo will take a pay cut from his £300,000-a-week deal he is currently receiving at Shanghai.