Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of Chiuna striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has become a shock likely candidate for a transfer to Manchester United of England, Manchester United following Marcus Rashford’s injury, megasportsarena.com reports.
This has ignited talk about a possible return to England for Ighalo, who had also drawn attention from then United coach, Luis Van Gaal in 2018, after his scintillating form in his debut campaign with Watford in the English Premier League, with a total haul of 14 goals to his name.
While United have struggled in front of goal, with just 24 goals marking their lowest ebb in the EPL’s top six back then, LvG should increasing interest in Ighalo, who admitted he would find it hard to turn down a call from The Red Devils.
Although he ended up moving to Shenhua, due to dwindling fortunes that came his way in his third season with The Hornets, Ighalo never hid his dream of a dramatic return to England, and that looks heading in his direction, though he still has two years left on his contract in Shanghai.
United’s new boss, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will remember that Ighalo scored a total of 17 goals in 55 EPL appearances for The Hornets, in just a season and half, before securing a move to the Chinese Super League in 2017, and wopild love to see the former Super Eagles’ hitman replicate the feat at Old Trafford.
The move for Ighalo becomes more so palpable after United’s attempts to sign Sporting Lisbon of Portugal star, Bruno Fernandes appeared to stalled, and the club’s top brass are becoming uneasy after their 2-0 home defeat by Burnley at Old Trafford in midweek.
At the same time, Solskjaer indicated that the club are in need of ‘quality’ signings, with Paul Pogba as well as Rashford currently sidelined and, although a £30m offer has been submitted for Birmingham City’s 16-year-old Jude Bellingham, Ighalo is the quintessential top nine that can help United, who are six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after two consecutive defeats.
However, it is now a race against time, as Solksjaer, who is also bothered by Anthony Martial’s topsy-turvy form, has just seven days to bolster his forward line, leaving the gaffer to also think of trying to sign Leicester City’s Islam Slimani.
Solskjaer admitted: “The squad is stretched but we’re getting players back after the winter break as well. We will be better off for the break. We’re still working on one or two things so let’s see if the club get it over the line.”