BREAKING: Manchester United confirm Odion Ighalo’s loan extension


Manchester United have confirmed an extension to Odion Ighalo’s loan deal which will see him stay at the club until January 2021.

The striker arrived from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on a temporary loan deal in January to provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.

Discussions with Shenhua have been protracted, with the Chinese club keen to have their forward back for the start of the Super League season. However, after weeks of negotiations, the two clubs agreed on a deal which will see Ighalo stay at Old Trafford on loan until the end of January 2021.

United have already had to pay Shenhua a loan fee for the initial five-month spell and it is understood the Chinese side will receive another payment from the Red Devils for the extended period.

While there have been no discussions to keep Ighalo at the club on a permanent basis, Solskjaer has been keen from the start to have him in his squad for the end of the season.

Ighalo scored four times in eight appearances for the Old Trafford side before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League season is set to resume on 17 June.

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