Odion Ighalo is staying at Manchester United Football Club until January 2021.
After coming within hours of his loan deal expiring, United and Shanghai Shenhua eventually reached a compromise, meaning the Nigerian’s time at his boyhood club will continue.
So why the change of heart? Well, the Daily Mail have unearthed the cost of the Ighalo loan deal, with the Reds having no obligation to purchase the 30-year-old outright when these current terms expire.
Apparently, the deal will total around £10.5million. First up, £6million will be paid directly to Shanghai Shenhua, with the other £4.5million being paid to Ighalo in wage contribution.
Ighalo was earning £300,000-a-week with the CSL outfit, with United now paying around £130,000-a-week over the next six months.
Honestly, this is an ideal scenario for United. Ighalo made an immediate impact and keeping him at Old Trafford for a relatively cheap fee seemed like a no-brainer.
It also means Solskjaer can focus on signing players in other positions going into an all-important summer transfer window.
The question I have is this, will Ighal play even less now that Marcus Rashford is going to be back fit? I’d assume so, though I hope he still gets enough opportunity to make an impact. The Europa League will likely be his best bet, providing that competition resumes of course…