Ed Woodward is currently in negotiations with Shanghai to extend Ighalo’s contract, which is set to expire on Sunday.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sky Sports understands that border restrictions may prevent the forward from returning to China in time for the new season. Furthermore, if he is unable to return, they will have to find a suitable replacement.
This is quite a dramatic U-turn from his parent club’s original stance, after The Times reported they had offered him a new deal worth more than £75m spread over four years.
Although the 30-year-old is yet to score in the Premier League this season, his workload will no doubt make him a valuable asset to keep on the bench, as he has averaged 2.7 shots, made two key passes and completed 1.7 dribbles per game on average in the Europa League (WhoScored).
Unsurprisingly, many United fans gushed over Ighalo’s “perfect” transfer update, with one fan tweeting “what a turnaround” in reference to Shanghai’s shock decision and another adding that an extension is a “no brainer” given his performances so far for the club.
Scroll through some of the glowing reactions to the update on the Nigerian:
News of the day! People who understand football know this will make perfect sense. Sadly, some are obsessed with massive risk silly money signings. Rashford, Martial and Greenwood are progressing beautifully and he is perfect back up. He's proved it. Simples!
— PGP (@Phil_OneUnited) May 28, 2020
What a turnaround
— 🇨🇵🐐 (@Wilefv1) May 28, 2020
Perfect now move on to sancho
— yambo (@yambo85) May 28, 2020
Hopefully he stays and continue’s his good work. He’s one of us and will always give 100% for the club he loves so much. Whether it’s off the bench or as a starter, he has goals in him and will continue to score whenever he’s called upon.
— SALAS (@MrFootball14) May 28, 2020
Good deal for both teams
— Jordan Powell (@jordanpow1991) May 28, 2020
Great news if true.
Won’t need to bring in another ST. Can priorities the Sancho signing. Mason will continue to get minutes throughout, wouldn’t be surprised if another ST isn’t warranted in January.
Ighalo stays. Mason continues develop. Win. Win. pic.twitter.com/W8zuxp7gl4
— . (@StewartLuwawa_) May 28, 2020
I think united should loan him for the season. Not a heavy commitment given his age and he would provide cover and experience to the young frontline . A no brainer in my opinion
— Tope Ajet (@AjetScott) May 28, 2020
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