Odion Ighalo’s loan spell at Man United will officially expire on Sunday, May 31, and it is yet uncertain where the Nigerian forward will be playing when football resumes.
His agent, Ladi Salami, has disclosed that Manchester United are doing everything possible to keep the 30-year-old at the club till the end of the season and are currently negotiating with his parent club.
Parent club Shanghai Shenhua are demanding he returns to China with reports that the new Super League season will kick-off in June.
It was gathered that the Red Devils are working round the clock to sealing a permanent deal with the former Watford striker who has been impressive since arriving Old Trafford on deadline day in January.
Ighalo has scored four goals for the Premier League giants, but his stint has been marred by the lockdown and lack of football, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
“On the one hand, the Super Eagle (Nigerian]) feels very good in Manchester with which it is very close to a salary agreement,” Ighalo’s agent Ladi Salami told FootMercato .
“Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.
“On the other hand, in view of the latest regulations in force in the Middle Empire, it is almost impossible to offer such amounts.”
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is hoping he can plead with Shanghai Shenhua to allow him to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the initial expiration date.
Ighalo moved to Old Trafford on a six months loan deal in late January from the Chinese based club.
His deal was due at the end of this season, but the outbreak of deadly coronavirus means he would not stay until the Premier League is concluded.