Manchester United reportedly wanted to keep the striker until the end of the Premier League season by negotiating an extension to his current agreement, which expires on May 31, who Solskjaer admitted had played his way into a potential transfer before the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The parent club, Shanghai Shenhua are demanding the Nigeria international returns to China for the start of the Chinese Super League campaign, meaning Ighalo could have played his last game for United.

Shanghai are believed to be demanding £20million transfer fee for Ighalo 

As reported by Standard Sport last week, at present United are only pursuing a short-term deal, rather than a permanent move for 30-year-old who has scored four goals in three starts since arriving in January.

Ighalo original deal did not include an option to buy, with United only ever seeing him as a short-term solution before turning their attention to leading targets. It is understood Solskjaer still wants to sign a central striker as competition for Anthony Martial in the summer – but targets like Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele remain at the forefront of his thinking.

With Marcus Rashford’s return to fitness during lockdown and Ighalo around means Solskjaer attack will be boosted by time United return to action.


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