Odion Ighalo’s agent has branded the striker’s shock Deadline Day switch to Manchester United as “hectic”.
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate to bolster his ranks with another central striker after the injury to Marcus Rashford, but looked like he would miss out on a new signing after seeing a deal for Bournemouth’s Josh King fall through.
However, United officially confirmed the signing of Ighalo just after midnight – an hour after the window closed – with the former Watford striker joining on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
The 30-year-old, who grew up as a United fan idolising the likes of Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole, has joined on loan for the remainder of the season.
And his agent, Atta Aneke, has revealed just how rushed the move was.
“It’s been hectic,” Aneke told Aftenposten. “I talked to Manchester United’s top boss [Ed Woodward] for a few days in advance.
“Suddenly, in the middle of the day on Friday, things started to move. It was then at 11 o’clock in the evening in Shanghai.
“It was hectic phone business.
“Everyone had to stay awake until five or six in the morning in Shanghai.”
Ighalo, meanwhile, has described his loan move to Manchester United as a dream come true.
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani’s agent has told suitors Manchester United or Chelsea that no amount of money will convince his client to move to the Premier League this summer and that the striker has his heart set on a move to Atletico Madrid.
The prolific Uruguayan had been tipped to depart Pars Saint-Germain in the winter window after being unseated in the club’s front three by loan signing Mauro Icardi.
Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid initially appeared the most likely to land the 32-year-old, but were unable to muster the financial clout to pull off the deal after failing to offload Frenchman Thomas Lemar.
That left the door ajar for the Red Devils, who have cast their net far and wide in their quest to bring in striking reinforcements. Read more…