Odion Ighalo's move to the Old Trafford was a dream that came through for the Nigerian forward, his many fans and well-wishers as well.Ighalo has remained a Manchester United fan from his early days when he demostrated his love for the game playing on the streets of Ajegunle, a suburb of Lagos.
The 31st of January, 2020 will remain a day the striker will never forget in his life. On this day, he got the opportunity to play for a club he has followed as a young Ighalo and didn't hesitate to jump at the offer even at the sacrifice of a pay cut. According to gathered information, Ighalo earned over £200,000 per week while playing for Shanghai Shenhua, but accepted £130,000 per week to play for Manchester United.
The 30 year old Nigerian forward did not disappoint the trust placed on him by coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, as he hit the ground running, making it count in all first appearances for the red devils. Unfortunately, Odion Ighalo's dreams of scoring as many goals as possible for the English side and possibly establish the certainty of a permanent move was cut short by the advent of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
The effect of the virus has prompted a twist and turn situation to the striker's next move and future destination. Firstly, the league was stopped abruptly in England with no view in sight of a possible resumption at the moment, and Ighalo is expected back from his loan move in England as the Chinese league prepares to begin in July.
Manchester United are interested in Ighalo till the end of the league season which at the moment has no resumption date, and clearly may not be possible by the time the Chinese league begins in July. Also, should Manchester United be willing to keep Ighalo on a permanent deal, they will have to meet up with Shanghai Shenhua £20m value for the player.
In another twist,there are reports that Newcastle United may be interested in the goal poacher after the completion of the takeover by the new owners.
What happens if the English premiership resumption date extends beyond July when the league in China is expected to begin?
Would Ighalo join his Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua if the Chinese league resumes in July, seeing his loan contract officially was to run till the end of June 2020?
Will Man United be willing to meet Shanghai's value for Ighalo to keep him on a permanent basis?
What happens if Newcastle United interest is anything to go by and an improve bid and offer is made so as to get the services of the Nigerian forward at all cost?