ODION IGHALO will reportedly have to take a £200,ooo-a-week pay reduce if he desires to be a part of Manchester United permanently from Shanghai Shenhua.
The Nigerian striker sealed a shock loan move from the Chinese Super League side in the winter switch window and scored 4 goals in eight games before the season was suspended over the coronaries pandemic.
Ighalo was compelled to take a forty per cent pay cut on his mega £300,000-a-week contract to be part of United on loan this season, placing him on £180,000.
But in accordance to the Daily Star, the 30-year-old would have to reduce his wages in addition to £100,000-a-week in order to make his Old Trafford switch permanent.
Ighalo was a last-gasp signing in the January sales, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately searched for back-up going forward.
His loan expires on May 31 however United should be capable to keep him till whenever this season is done after Fifa reviewed the rule on loan signings amid the pandemic.
But Solskjaer admitted last month the childhood United fan should get the chance to extend his United dream should he continue to impress at some point of his trial run.
He said: “It doesn’t hurt [living the dream] however he’s right here on merit, he’s here due to the fact he is a goalscorer and a unique type of striker for us.
“We may get to the summer and think we want to prolong this, who knows? He’s come in as a breath of fresh air as well. He had chances in his 5 minutes in opposition to Chelsea, he scored towards Brugge.
“He had chances in opposition to Watford, he had a very good save in opposition to Everton – there have been good saves, he doesn’t miss the goal very often.
“Even for Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford to learn that it is the place the sharks are swimming.
“It is comfortable outside the box and you can have a few shots. It’s in there where it may be a bit more challenging and you would possibly get hurt – that’s where you get goals.”