Odion Ighalo is winning the battle to remain at Manchester United after agreeing a new loan deal.
The Nigerian international is poised to extend his stay at Old Trafford until January 2021 after United agreed to pay a revised loan fee to Shanghai Shenhua.
Ighalo, 30, joined United in January from the Chinese Super League outfit and the terms of the original deal had been due to expire tonight.
Shenhua bosses had been keen to have Ighalo back in China for the start of the new season next month.
But travel restrictions and quarantine rules amid the coronavirus crisis, along with Ighalo’s strong desire to remain with United longer, persuaded them to soften their stance and agree to extend the loan period.
Ighalo’s agent Atta Aneke said: “We are nearing agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan. “The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021.”
Ighalo has been a big success since joining United, scoring four goals in eight appearances before the season was suspended due to Covid-19.
Reacting to a question from Babatunde Ojora of Ojbsports at the press conference before an Europa League game against Club Brugge in Belgium.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “For me Odion is a different type of striker, he’s a box striker , he is a goal scorer.”
These words from Solskjaer to Ojbsports seem to now be the reason why Manchester United have chosen to extend Ighalo’s stay in Old Trafford beyond today till January 2021.