According to Sky Sports, Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo has been offered a new contract extension worth over £400k a week by his parent club Shanghai Shenhua.
The Nigerian’s current agreement expires at the end of 2021 and the Flower of Shanghai are keen to prolong his stay in China for a further two years.
After arriving at Old Trafford in January on a short-term loan, Ighalo has bagged 4 goals in 8 appearances in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, notably scoring a brace against Derby County in the FA Cup at the beginning of March. His current market value is rated at just £5.85m via Transfermarkt.
The 30-year-old was brought in to cover for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial but has exceeded all expectations so far. Ighalo has seized full advantage of the opportunity, taking 2.7 shots per game, averaging 2 key passes, and completing 1.7 dribbles successfully in the Europa League (WhoScored).
Given his electric return to the Premier League, it is hardly surprising the Chinese club are attempting to keep a hold of the former Nigerian international, although Solskjaer has admitted he is eager to sign Ighalo on a permanent basis in the summer.
Predictably plenty of the Old Trafford faithful have dismissed Shanghai’s offer for the striker, with one supporter noting “if he picks us this will go down as the best love story ever.”
Scroll through some of the best reactions down below…
If he chooses us its true love
— Fruno Bernandes (@UTD_JY) March 26, 2020
Money or playing for your favorite club well he’s gonna choose us
— Lokks👅 (@P_Lokko9) March 26, 2020
This is a test of true love. I believe Uncle Odion will stay (if offered a contract by United)
— Bainsy. (@UtdBainsy) March 26, 2020
Someone’s gonna take the pay cut to play for United.
— Jack. (@UtdOptimist) March 26, 2020
If he picks us this will go down as the best love story ever
— BrunoSZN (@_BrunoSZN_) March 26, 2020
He’ll still end up staying 😁 pic.twitter.com/p3jGU2STEe
— Shaun 🐨 (@_utdshaun) March 26, 2020
He is living his dream. He will reject them.
— Megan (@Meganxx_14) March 26, 2020
He’ll choose us over money it’s obvious
— ol📦 (@mufcoll) March 26, 2020
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