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Man Utd make surprise decision over Ighalo’s permanent deal

Manchester United have reportedly cooled plans to sign Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo permanently or extend his loan spell beyond the end of May, as they want to see what happens with the continuation of the Premier League campaign.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Man United have also decided against recalling Dean Henderson from Sheffield United.

Ighalo looks set to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of May.

The Nigerian striker signed a short-term loan deal with United after the CSL was suspended earlier this year.

His current loan contract – which sees United pay him £130,000-per-week, will expire on May 31, and United will have to make an offer to Shanghai Shenhua in order to extend it.

Though according to the Mail, United are not planning to do so, and want to wait and see what happens with the rest of the Premier League season.

Reports last month suggested the Red Devils were planning to make an offer to sign Ighalo permanently, and had been told to fork over just £17million to do so.

Though now, Shanghai Shenhua have made plans to offer the 30-year-old a new contract in China earning a sky-high £400,000-per-week.

Ighalo has impressed at Old Trafford

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Ighalo has been impressive while on loan at United, and has been used as an impact sub.

He has scored four goals in eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, but his future has been clouded by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of a meeting between Premier League clubs on Monday, there is still no date for the league to return, and United don’t want to get drawn into paying Ighalo’s wages if he isn’t likely to feature again.

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