Manchester United near defeat in their attempts to keep Odion Ighalo at Old Trafford, while Rafael Benitez eyes an ambitious Newcastle return – all in the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD SET TO LOSE IGHALO
Manchester United are set to lose loan striker Odion Ighalo after further unsuccessful attempts to extend his Old Trafford stay beyond Monday, according to reports.
Ighalo’s loan deal, which was arranged in January as a stop-gap following Marcus Rashford’s back injury. expires on May 31 – a month earlier than standard deals.
However, the Red Devils have been impressed with the Nigerian’s record after he scored four goals in eight games and have held talks with his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua, about allowing him to finish the protracted season.
However, according to the Daily Mail, the Chinese side’s long-touted demand that Ighalo moves back to Asia to begin the Chinese Super League season in July has forced United back and they are now expecting defeats in their efforts.
The newspaper adds that Shanghai have offered Ighalo – whose contract in China runs out next summer – a two-year extension on improved terms of £400,000 per week.
It is stated that Ighalo’s desire would prefer to finish the season at Old Trafford after realising his boyhood dream and hitting the ground running.
The 30-year-old scored his four goals in the FA Cup and Europa League and netted in United’s last game, a 5-0 win over LASK in Austria played behind closed doors.
AND THE REST
Rafael Benitez wants to return to Newcastle and take Manchester City’s John Stones and Chelsea’s Ross Barkley with him (Daily Telegraph)
The Magies could be part of a collection of clubs owned by Saudi Arabia if their takeover gets the green light this week (Daily Mirror)
West Ham fans are in talks about showing their faces on the London Stadium’s screens – via a Zoom call – to help boost players’ morale during behind-closed-doors matches (Daily Star)
Crystal Palace midfielder Andros Townsend has warned his fellow professionals to follow the rules or risk an end to the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plans (Daily Mirror)
Players must be given the option to opt out of contact training according to the government’s latest guidelines, which helped elite sport edge closer to a return (The Guardian)
The Premier League season could be completed at a combination of home, away and neutral venues in a twist to previous plans (Daily Mail)
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been told by the club’s owners that his star players do not have to be sold when the transfer market re-opens (Daily Star)
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is excited about his side’s move into a state-of-the-art, £100million training complex next month (Daily Mirror)
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart reveals he was “fairly concerned” about his future at the club upon Pep Guardiola’s arrival (The Guardian)
Bruno Fernandes is undertaking extra training sessions away from Manchester United in a bid to regain his match sharpness, along with team-mate Diogo Dalot (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool and other teams who use pressing as a tactic face greater challenges in minimising contact between players when the return to competitive training resumes this week (The Times)
Celtic have been handed a boost in their bid to keep Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi at the club next season, with Southampton preparing for a mass exodus of players (The Sun)
Arsenal could be forced to extend Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s contract if they ever want to receive a transfer fee for him (Daily Star)