Manchester United loan star Odion Ighalo received £ 400,000 a week from Shanghai Shenhua as his parent club tries to bring him back to China and fend off permanent Old Trafford’s move
- Shanghai Shenhua is trying to bring Odion Ighalo back to China
- He is currently on loan at Manchester United and has been impressed since joining
- United is ready to pay the £ 15 million deal needed to sign it in the summer
- But now Shanghai has attempted it with an offer of £ 400k per week, reports say
Manchester United loaner Odion Ighalo was tempted by his mother club Shanghai Shenhua with a new deal of £ 400,000 per week to extend his stay in China.
They raised their eyebrows when United recruited the Nigerian on the transfer deadline in January, but has made a good impression since then by making four goals to help the club in cup competitions.
His performances were enough to impress the Red Devils’ hierarchy Sportsmail he reported this week that the club was ready to sign him for £ 15 million this summer when his loan agreement expires on May 31st.
Shanghai Shenhua wants to tempt Odion Ighalo to the club with a deal of £ 400,000 a week
His performances on loan at Manchester United have convinced the club to sign him next season
But Shenhua is confident of swaying the 30-year-old with a tempting package to keep him in the Chinese Super League for another two years, according to Sky Sports.
United’s deal with the Chinese side ends a month before most of the loan agreements, and the club may have to agree on an extension if they want to keep it for the remainder of the Premier League season if it continues all summer in cause of coronavirus.
This could see him stay with United until June 30, with the FIFPro players union working on a solution to reduce uncertainty ahead of football’s closure.
The Nigerian has made a good impression since joining Old Trafford and scoring four times
IGHALO AT UNITED
Shanghai was recently prepared to cash Ighalo if United could match their £ 15 million valuation, and a permanent move to Old Trafford looked at the cards with United happy to pay for it.
But now the Chinese outfit is ready to increase his salaries from £ 300,000 a week to £ 400,000 a week, with an extension of two years that would see him stay in the club until 2024.
Ighalo is said to be flattered by the staggering offer of new contracts, but he is focusing all his attention on playing for the club he supported as a boy until his loan contract expired.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Ighalo’s impact and called it “a breath of fresh air”
United started the campaign with just one senior striker as Marcus Rashford was given the job of bringing the club’s offensive threat after Romelu Lukaku was sold to Inter – without replacement.
Mason Greenwood helped the cause, scoring 12 goals in his second season in professional football, but with the 18 year old who has no experience, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Ighalo into a temporary pass in January.
Ighalo has had experience in the Premier League since his time in Watford and has a fair track record throughout his career, but many felt that he was not the caliber of the player the club hoped to attract, with the Nigerian entering his years thirty and play in the Super Chinese League.
But it had a rapid impact on life at Old Trafford, scoring four in just three starts, including two in the Europa League and two in the FA Cup. His presence on the team was applauded by Solskjaer, who called him “a breath of fresh air”.