Manchester United's efforts to extend Odion Ighalo's loan deal are said to have reached an 'impasse', with Shanghai Shenhua demanding he returns for the new Chinese Super League season.
Ighalo secured a 'dream' loan move to Old Trafford late in the January transfer window. And while the move was questioned and criticised by many, the Nigerian has proven to be a valuable addition. Ighalo has started just three games for the Red Devils, but has managed four goals in these games.
It was noted in March that United were ready to sign him permanently for around £15m, while the striker has also recently admitted that he wants his loan to be extended so that he can remain at Old Trafford until the current season is complete.
The 30-year-old's contract is due to expire on 31 May, while there is also no option to buy within the deal. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this has posed problems as the Premier League will not return before 1 June at the very earliest. The Evening Standard now report that Man Utd's attempts to extend his loan have hit a wall.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'wants' to keep hold of the former Watford man until the 2019/20 season is over, and the club have attempted to secure a short-term deal rather than a permanent move at this time. However, the report adds that Ighalo 'could' have played his last game for the club as his parent club Shanghai Shenhua are demanding the player returns to China for the start of their new season.
It was recently revealed that Shanghai Shenhua are expecting to have Ighalo back for the start of their season, which is due to begin in July. Should United wish to make his move permanent, they would have to pay his £20m release clause - although Newcastle have since entered the running amid talk of a big money takeover.