Man Utd hopeful of agreeing Odion Ighalo deal as talks held for seven-month loan extension

Manchester United are in talks with Shanghai Shenhua over a loan extension for Odion Ighalo and the Red Devils are hopeful an agreement can be reached that would see the Nigerian striker extend his stay at Old Trafford for another seven months.

The 30-year-old joined United on loan in a deadline day deal during the January transfer window from the Chinese club.

This is due to expire today, however, according to Goal, there is hope at the club an extension can be agreed to extend Ighalo’s stay at United.

Shanghai Shenhua had wanted to see the Nigerian international return to the club this summer ahead of the Chinese Super League resuming, either next month or by July at the latest.

However, the report claims a breakthrough in talks between the two clubs has given the Red Devils hope a last-minute extension can now be agreed.

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United had initially been looking for Ighalo to see out the remainder of this campaign, with Premier League football set to resume on June 17

But talks are now taking place about an extension that would see Ighalo extend his stay at Old Trafford until January 2021.

Last January United paid Shanghai Shenhua a reported £3million as part of Ighalo’s original loan agreement and the Red Devils would be expected to make another payment if an extension takes place.

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Ighalo was brought in as cover for Marcus Rashford, who has not played for United since suffering a back injury in their third-round FA Cup win over Wolves on January 15.

However, the former Watford striker has made a good impression at the club during his brief spell as he has scored four goals in eight appearances.

Rashford has now recovered from his injury and United are expecting him to be available when the season resumes.

And while Solskjaer is said to be relaxed about the situation with Ighalo, the club are keen to keep the striker on as they are still competing for several trophies.

United are currently fifth in the league and are three points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

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They are also facing a FA Cup quarter-finals match against Norwich City and have a 5-0 first-leg lead over LASK in the Round of 16 in the Europa League.

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

“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.”

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