Odion Ighalo set to turn down Mega-China offer?

Manchester United could keep Odion Ighalo for longer than anticipated

With barely 24 hours left on his loan deal with Manchester United, Nigeria's Odion Ighalo could be leaving the Old Trafford club unless a late dramatic deal is reached.

Earlier this month, Sky Sports reported that the prospective new owners of Newcastle, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, are interested in signing the Nigerian striker on a permanent contract from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in the summer transfer window.

United remain in talks with the Chinese club about extending Ighalo's loan which now ends on Sunday.

The Chinese club were reportedly willing to agree to an extension of his loan deal only if United guaranteed that they would sign him for £20 million+ thereafter.

However, it was deemed a sensible move as a temporary solution to alleviate injury problems after Marcus Rashford was sidelined with a back injury.

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The Nigerian has already made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Old Trafford, before returning to China.

According to the Daily Star, Ighalo has been offered a three-year deal worth £480,000-a-week.

The former Watford striker joined on transfer day deadline in January, and had gone on to score four goals in eight appearances for the English giants before the EPL campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're in dialogue. They've been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club". At the moment, nothing has been agreed.

Whatever happens next, time is against United if they do wish to seal a deal as the matter is due to be resolved in the coming days.

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