Ighalo at Man Utd training, pushes ahead with loan extension talks


LONDON – Odion Ighalo was seen driving to Manchester United training on Thursday morning with talks over his loan extension set to continue.

Old Trafford chiefs have just THREE DAYS to negotiate a deal that would see the Nigerian extend his stay in Manchester.

Ighalo, 30, has been in superb form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since his surprise January move – scoring four times in eight games.

Initially signed as emergency injury cover for Marcus Rashford – who suffered a fracture in his back – Ighalo has become a key man this season.

However, his loan deal expires on June 1 – by which point the Premier League and Europa League seasons should have finished.

Solskjaer wants to extend the loan by a further three months – but Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal.

Ighalo currently earns £400,000 a week in China, with Man Utd paying £130,000 of that total – as well as a £3million loan fee.

The former Watford forward has already suggested he would be willing to take a £6m-a-year pay-cut to head back to England permanently.

But they now look destined to lose him – and battle through the rest of the season shorthanded, relying on a half-fit Rashford, Anthony Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Man Utd squad arrived at the Aon Training Complex at Carrington in high spirits.

The group have been back in training since last week, but only individually and in small groups.

But on Wednesday, Premier League clubs unanimously voted to allow contact during sessions – and larger group work. Culled from The Sun (UK).

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