Manchester United Consider Options Over Odion Ighalo’s Future Amid FIFA Contract Situation!
Manchester United are worried about their inability to keep Odion Ighalo beyond May, MySportDab reports.
The Shanghai Shenhua loanee will remain at Old Trafford until at least the end of next month.
Ighalo has impressed since securing his January move on the final day of the transfer window.
Manchester United want to keep Ighalo at the club but are aware his loan contract is unlikely to cover the rest of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Premier League football has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus crisis and is unlikely to return until June.
As a result, all football competitions are set to run deep into the summer which is likely to cause issues because of players’ contracts which are set to expire.
FIFA have brought forward proposals for short-term contracts to cover the rest of this season.
A FIFA statement said: “It is obvious that the current season will not end as we all expected.
“Therefore, we propose that contracts be extended until when the season does end.
“The same principle applies to contracts due to start when the new season starts, meaning the entry into such contracts is delayed until the next season actually starts.”
According to ESPN, Manchester United officials are concerned that proposals will be difficult to implement because Shanghai Shenhua will want Ighalo back for the beginning of the next Chinese Super League season, which is currently delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
MySportDab understands the Premier League club are considering three options over Ighalo’s future.
Firstly, trying to renegotiate Ighalo’s loan deal, Secondly, try to sign the 30-year-old permanently or lastly allow him to return to China leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short in attack.
Though, United are eager to keep the Nigeria international, the Red Devils are aware that Shanghai Shenhua have the final say in negotiations.
Odion Ighalo has scored four goals in eight games since arriving on loan and a permanent deal would likely cost £15million.
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