Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo maintained his level of fitness before a possible restart of the season by training in a Cheshire park on Monday.
The Nigerian striker, dressed in United training gear, was pictured sprinting on the grass in preparation for a potential Premier League takeover next month.
As part of the Premier League project restart proposals, players will resume full training later this month with a view to resuming closed-door games at neutral venues starting June 12.
Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo was photographed Monday in a Cheshire park
Nigerian striker clearly aims to maintain fitness level before potential Premier League season resumption next month
Shanghai Shenhua’s Ighalo has scored four goals in eight games for United
And Ighalo, who has scored four goals in eight games for United before the season suspension, is clearly determined to hit the pitch.
However, United’s efforts to keep Ighalo have been questioned after its parent club in China, Shanghai Shenhua, demanded a permanent transfer worth more than £ 20 million.
Ighalo’s loan to Old Trafford technically expires on May 31, but United wants to extend it so that he can continue playing for them after the season is over.
However, Shanghai wants its player to return in time for the start of the Chinese Super League campaign, which begins in July, and will only allow him to stay if a permanent agreement can be reached.
Shanghai Shenhua claims at least £ 20 million from Man United for Odion Ighalo
Ighalo has impressed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since arriving on loan in January
Ighalo was valued at £ 15 million when he first arrived on the January deadline for £ 3 million, and United was ready to pay it.
But after making such a strong initial impression, Shanghai is asking for more for the 30-year-old former striker from Watford.
United had been waiting to see when the Premier League resumed before opening talks, as they paid £ 130,000 a week in Ighalo wages during the two-month shutdown.
But they seem to be bracing for the possibility of his departure, with club sources highlighting Marcus Rashford’s return to the physical form of a back injury as the main reason why Ighalo was signed as a stop hole in first place.
Ighalo found the net in the United Europa League match against LASK before the save
Ighalo, a United United fan, made no secret of his desire to stay.
“I would like to finish the season if possible,” said Ighalo last week. “I was in good shape, in good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped for over a month. I did my best and I hope we come back to play.
“The team had good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment, I am on loan, which will reduce my time at the club. “