Odion Ighalo may have played his last game for Manchester United already…
According to ESPN, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he may have to prepare for the scenario where he is without the Nigerian striker when the Premier League resumes.
Ighalo’s current loan spell is due to end on May 31, with United working hard to extend the deal and have him available for the remaining games of the season.
But Ighalo’s parent club Shanghai Shenhua want the forward to return for the start of the Chinese Super League season in July.
It is claimed United are willing to offer a new loan fee for Ighalo’s services, but would not meet the the hefty £20m asking price to sign him permanently.
This valuation would not represent good value for money and it appears he will only play again for the Reds if the two clubs can agree upon a loan extension.
Ighalo has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at his boyhood club, scoring four goals in eight appearances and providing excellent cover for Anthony Martial.
It would be a shame to see the new fan-favourite leave before this season reaches its conclusion but the reported asking price of £20m for the 30-year-old seems excessive, particularly given the nature of the transfer market.