Olè Gunnar Solskjaer has assured fans of Manchester United that efforts are in place to resolve the contract situation of striker, Jude Odion Ighalo.
The Nigerian joined United from Shanghai Shenhua in January, on a 6 month deal, and was excellent in his first 8 games, scoring 4 times before the suspension of the Premier League season.
But with his contract set to expire in a few days, Ighalo is expected to return to China ahead of the start of the Chinese Super League season, after efforts to extend his stay in England proved abortive.
However, in a recent interview with MUTV, Olè revealed that all hope may not be lost over the possibility of the 30 year old staying until the end of the season.
He said: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back. We’re in dialogue.
“They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him [to play for Man United] and hopefully he can finish off what he started.
“Hopefully with a trophy for us. At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon [reportedly sometime next month] so we’re just waiting to see”
The Ighalo situation is very crazy, because of the factors at play. The Nigerian has proven he is reliable and can provide the goals, and wants to stay in England, but at 30 years old, he is deemed ‘too expensive’ for £20 million, which is what Shanghai Shenhua want for him, especially with the financial restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.