Manchester United have loaned Odion Ighalo to Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.
After seeing a deadline offer to sign Joshua King from Bournemouth fail, the Red Devils turned to the ex-Watford forward and made the deal in the final hour of the transfer window. He joins the club until the end of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate to strengthen his attacking forces following the transfer of Romelu Lukaku, the loan of Alexis Sanchez and the injury of Marcus Rashford.
Ighalo has Premier League experience, having scored 40 goals in 100 games for hornets. He also played in Norway with Lyn Oslo (9 goals in 20 games), in Italy with Udinese (1 goal in 8 games) and in Spain with Granada (13 goals in 73 games).
He has scored 10 goals in 19 games for Shanghai this season and scored 36 in 55 games last season for Changchun Yatai.
The Chinese Superleague has been suspended due to the coronavirus, and the Shanghai club were keen to share part of the player’s £ 300,000-per-week salary in the coming weeks.
Ighalo has been a United fan since he was a child. “They were my team growing up. I loved watching Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke on TV. They were my idols and playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream, “he said. The sun in 2016.
The 30-year-old will be the first Nigerian international to play for United’s first-eleven. His loan fees is said to be £ 3million and United will pay him just over £ 100,000 a week – a third of his salary – until the end of the season. It is understood that there is no purchase option in the agreement.
The club officially announced the loan just after midnight.
?? #MUFC can confirm that Odion Ighalo will join us on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.
Welcome, Odion! ????
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2020
The player will not be available for selection for today’s game against Wolves as he awaits clearance to travel from China.