Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo deal back on, says agent

Odion Ighalo’s on-off extension to his Manchester United loan looks to be back on, according to his agent Ladi Salami.

The striker’s time at Old Trafford looked to be up with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua desperate to get the 30-year-old back for the start of the delayed Chinese Super League season.

The Times reported that Shanghai had offered the former Watford man, who has scored four goals in eight appearances for United, a  new contract worth a whopping £75million over four years.

Ighalo’s loan deal expires this month and was all set to return to China this weekend, but the player is desperate to stay and Salami says negotiations are ongoing and he is “very close” to sealing an agreement to stay.

“On the one hand, the Super Eagle [Nigerian] feels very good in Manchester with which it is very close to a salary agreement,” Salami told FootMercato.

“Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.

“On the other hand, in view of the latest regulations in force in the Middle Empire, it is almost impossible to offer such amounts.

Igahlo joined United on a four-month loan from Shanghai on deadline day in the January transfer window to provide cover for Marcus Rashford.

Such has been his impact that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep the striker around, insisting it is Ighalo’s dream to play for United.

“The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” the Norwegian said.

“We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

“At the moment, nothing has been agreed.

“Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”