Man Utd borrowed Odion Ighalo, a 30-year-old striker from Shanghai Shanghai Bodybuilding on a six-month contract.
The deal was finalized in the last few hours on January 31 – the last day of the mid-season transfer market. According to the BBC, the contract has no terms for a definitive purchase.
Ighalo is training with Shanghai to prepare for the Chinese League (CLS) for the new season. But on January 30, the tournament announced an indefinite delay in the start of the corona virus pandemic.
Ighalo is one of many foreign stars fleeing from CSL on this occasion, both to avoid the risk of infection, and to seek opportunities to compete, maintain the style. The Nigerian striker will fly to England on February 1 to complete personal terms and medical checks.
According to Sky Sports, Man Utd must compete fiercely with Tottenham to be able to borrow Ighalo before the transfer market closes. And Ighalo’s love for Man Utd is seen as an important reason to help them win this race.
Talent of Odion Ighalo
Ighalo has played in the Premier League, scoring 40 goals in 100 matches with Watford in every arena from 2014-2017. In January 2017, the striker went to China to wear Changchun Asia shirt for a $ 26 million transfer. After Changchun relegated, Ighalo continued to stay in CSL, playing for Than Hoa Shanghai from February 2019, scoring 10 goals in 19 appearances last season.
At the national team level, Ighalo makes a stronger impression. He is the top scorer in the 2019 African Championship qualifiers with seven goals. In the final round on Egypt, Ighalo contributed five goals, winning the top scorer. After helping Nigeria win a bronze medal, he announced the end of his international career.
Ighalo is Man Utd’s third rookie in January 2020. Earlier, midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon on January 29 in a deal worth $ 62 million. On the same day, January 31, just a few hours before Ighalo was borrowed, Man Utd bought goalkeeper Nathan Bishop from Southend United.
Ighalo will help coach Solskjaer reduce headaches in the middle position, where Marcus Rashford takes a three-month injury.