According to the Telegraph, Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo’s parent club, were against the extension of the loan, as they need him for the new Chinese League season. Their initial stance changed, due to border restrictions potentially preventing Ighalo from returning to China in time for the new season.
Shanghai Shenhua had reportedly offered Ighalo a new contract, worth £400k per week, but he has opted to remain at the club he grew up supporting. Ighalo will now be expected to sign the new contract with Shanghai Shenua until the end of 2024 once his loan deal is wrapped up.
However, Odion Ighalo is set to miss a majority of the Chinese League season, which is set to begin in June, 2020.
Since signing for United on deadline transfer day, Ighalo has impressed, having scored four times and provides three assists. So the extension of the loan deal is no surprise, as he would help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his bid to qualify for champions league this season.
By Muyiwa Aguda