Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal until the end of January.
The Nigerian striker settled in quickly at Old Trafford after arriving on a short-term loan in the winter, scoring four times in eight appearances – notably netting a stunning effort in the Europa League against LASK.
However, his loan was due to expire on Sunday May 31, meaning he would have been unable to play for United when the season restarts later this month.
However, United have finally reached an agreement with Shanghai to extend Ighalo’s loan, and not just for the remainder of the season but for the start of the 2020/21 campaign too.
‘Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo,’ the club confirmed on Monday.
‘The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.’
Ighalo had returned to training with the rest of the squad despite the question marks surrounding his future, taking part in full contact training at the end of last week as sides stepped up what they were allowed to do.
The Premier League is set to return on June 17, with United next in action against Tottenham a few days later on the weekend of June 20.
United’s deal for Ighalo is believed to include an option to buy – with Shanghai valuing the striker at £20million – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been full of praise for the Chinese club during talks to extend the forward’s stay.
‘They have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club,’ Solskjaer told MUTV. ‘It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.’
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