Manchester United are ready to sign Odion Ighalo for up to £ 15m this summer after the Nigerian striker’s loan expires on 31 May.
Sports email may reveal that Ighalo’s temporary move from Shanghai Shenhua ends a month earlier than most loan agreements.
United may need to negotiate an extension with the Chinese club if the Premier League season – which will be suspended until the end of April – continues until June, although the world players’ union FIFPro is working to resolve contract uncertainty due to the coronavirus crisis.
Regardless, there is already a willingness at Old Trafford to sign Ighalo permanently after the former Watford striker scored four goals in his first eight games.
Shanghai is willing to sell Ighalo and has imposed a £ 15 million value on the player, who turns 31 in June. They did not request a loan in January, as United agreed to contribute £ 130,000 a week to Ighalo’s wages of £ 300,000 a week.