Manchester United set fire to start talks with Shanghai Shenhua on loan extension for Odion Ighalo as they wait to see when the season resumes
- Manchester United waits to see when Premier League season resumes
- Club wants clarity before entering into talks to extend Ighalo’s stay
- Ighalo’s short-term deal with United from Shanghai Shenhua will expire on May 31
- United to keep striker longer after scoring four goals in eight games
Manchester United waits to see when the Premier League season resumes before opening talks with Shanghai Shenhua on the extension of Odion Ighalo’s loan.
Sportsmail revealed last month that the short term Ighalo agreement expired on May 31 – a month earlier than most loan agreements.
United want to keep the Nigerian striker longer after scoring four goals in eight games, but the problem has been complicated by the cessation of world football as the Ighalo loan enters its final three weeks.
Man United waits before opening talks to extend Odion Ighalo loan to club
The Chinese Super League is expected to restart soon, and Shanghai, which is ready to offer the 30-year-old a new contract worth £ 400,000 a week, is awaiting him.
The Premier League, however, has yet to set a date before a key club vote on Monday.
United wants to know when the season will resume before committing to a new deal for Ighalo which cost them £ 130,000 a week for two months of inactivity.
United to keep Nigerian striker longer after scoring four goals in eight games
Another factor is the return to physical condition of Marcus Rashford and, to a lesser extent, of Paul Pogba at that time. It was Rashford’s dismissal due to a broken back that led United to sign Ighalo in the first place.
Meanwhile, it is understood that United does not intend to remind goalkeeper Dean Henderson of his loan to Sheffield United, even if he could end up helping the Yorkshire club beat Ole Gunnar’s team Solskjaer has a place in the Champions League.
Henderson is expected to return in early July, but United is happy to let England’s under-21 goalkeeper finish the season at Bramall Lane instead of calling him as extra cover for David de Gea.
United does not intend to recall goalkeeper Dean Henderson from the Sheffield United loan
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