Odion Ighalo makes personal request to extend Manchester United loan

Odion Ighalo has made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Manchester United before returning to China. 

The striker’s loan deal at Old Trafford expires on Sunday and so far talks to extend it between United and the Chinese Super League side have failed to provide a resolution

But boyhood United fan Ighalo is desperate to finish the season with the club, having made a positive impact in his eight appearances to date, and he’s asked Shanghai Shenhua to allow him to stay put until United’s campaign is completed, with the former Watford striker aware this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the club that means so much to him. 

Confidence is growing in Ighalo’s camp that a deal to extend the loan may yet be struck before Sunday’s expiry, with talks described as “much more positive” than they had been.

While Shanghai Shenhua would prefer to sell Ighalo on a permanent deal if they to allow the 30-year-old to stay at United, United have made it clear they are not interested in a transfer.

Instead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to extend the existing loan arrangement. Ighalo signed a four-month loan deal on the final day of the transfer window and the original terms would have taken the Nigerian until the end of United’s season.


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