Manchester United’s on-loan forward Odion Ighalo has been tempted by his parent club Shanghai Shenhua with a new £400,000 deal to extend his contract by two more years.
There were eyebrows raised when United recruited the Nigerian on transfer deadline day in January, but he has since made a good impression by netting four times to help the club in cup competitions.
His performances have been enough to impress the Red Devils hierarchy, and Sportsmail reported this week that the club were ready to sign him for £15million this summer when his loan deal expires on May 31.
But Shenhua are hopeful of swaying the 30-year-old with an eye watering package to keep him in the Chinese Super League, according to Sky Sports.
United’s deal with the Chinese side ends a month earlier than most loan deals, and the club may have agree an extension if the Premier League season continues on through the summer due to the coronavirus.
This could see him stay with United until June 30, with players’ union FIFPro working on a solution to contract uncertainty amid the football shutdown.
Shanghai were recently prepared to cash in on Ighalo if United could match their valuation of £15m, and a permanent switch to Old Trafford looked on the cards with United happy to pay it.
But now the Chinese outfit are ready to increase his wages from £300,000 to £400,000 a week with a two-year extension that would see him remain with the club until 2024.
Ighalo is said to be flattered by the staggering new contract offer, but his putting all of his focus on playing for the club his supported as a boy until his loan deal expires.