Great news breaking out of the UK yesterday, Manchester United have officially announced that they’ve extended Odion Igahlo’s loan deal until January.
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Ighalo, who is also set to sign a contract extension with Shanghai, will now be available to finish the campaign when it restarts on June 17, though sources have told ESPN United have no option or obligation to buy.
A statement from United read: “The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on May 31 but he will now remain with the Reds until Jan. 31 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.
“Today’s confirmation is a timely boost for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he continues to prepare his squad for this month’s resumption of competitive football.
Ighalo has scored four goals in eight appearances since arriving on deadline day at the end of the January transfer window. United are set to pay Shanghai an additional loan fee of around €4 million to secure his services for another eight months. The Chinese club had originally wanted the striker to return for the start of their domestic campaign this month.
Great news and a decent bit of business, given the lack of funds available for transfers this summer. While €4 million may seem steep for an extra 6-months on his loan, Igahlo’s presence could prove pivotal in the final push of the season with loads of fixtures on the horizon.