Paris Saint-Germain have registered their interest in Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, according to reports.
Ighalo returned to the Premier League from China when joining United on loan in January. The former Watford striker has impressed in patches, scoring five goals in cup competitions.
His form prompted United to extend his loan until January 2021. However, he has still not started a Premier League game for them.
Now, according to Foot Mercato, PSG have outlined Ighalo as a surprise potential target. The French champions have released Edinson Cavani, leaving them with just Mauro Icardi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as out-and-out central striking options.
Hence, the report claims that PSG have a “very real” interest in Ighalo. The Ligue 1 giants admire the Nigerian for his experience, quality and affordability.
Ighalo’s contract with parent club Shanghai Shenhua expires in December 2021. Therefore, his price tag will start to diminish over time.
That opportunity has led to PSG making their first contacts with his agents. While he is not the only target on their radar, they have opened talks with his entourage.
The report does not make clear whether PSG will wait until Ighalo’s loan at Man Utd is over, or whether they want to interrupt that and strike a deal early. However, Foot Mercato do say that the French giants are showing signs that their interest is “concrete”.
IGHALO THOUGHT MAN UTD LINKS WERE A ‘JOKE’
If Ighalo was to move to PSG at some point, it would be the second time in quick succession that he sealed a surprise transfer.
“I thought it was a joke,” he told Sky Sports News. “I was playing in Shanghai. That was against me. Would a club as a big as United be looking in China for a striker? That was against me.
“My age. That was against me. There was a pandemic in China. That was against me. I said no, this is a joke.
“Later, when it got serious, I thought only when I fly to Manchester will I believe it.”