It is now thought Shanghai Shenhua will expect Ighalo to sign a new contract with them as a condition of him being allowed to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Shanghai Shenhua expect Odion Ighalo to return from his loan spell at Manchester United in time for the start of the new Chinese Super League season, which is scheduled to begin in July.
Manchester United are keen to extend Ighalo’s loan to cover the end of the Premier League season, the date of which remains unclear amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ighalo’s current deal in China is up in December 2022. The offer on the table is worth £400,000 a week and would run until December 2024.
The striker joined United in the January window and scored four goals in eight games before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the club can extend his loan spell so he can “finish off what he started”.
“The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
“We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.
“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us. At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”
Manchester United star Ighalo reacts to rumours of going back to China.
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) May 29, 2020