30-year-old striker ready to sign new contract with Man United

Odion Ighalo’s agent says his client is ‘very close’ to a deal with Red Devils. Nigeria international’s loan spell at the Theatre of Dreams expires this week, and as yet Man United have not made a breakthrough in talks with parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

Red Devils had been confident of extending Odion’s deal, but Shanghai favoured a permanent option and demanded more than £30m for the striker. The Norwegian confirmed this morning that Man United stay in negotiations, but Ighalo’s agent has revealed that a deal is close.

‘On the one hand, the Super Eagle feels great in Man United with which it is very close to a salary agreement,’ Ladi Salami said. ‘Talks with the Chinese club are ongoing and are going well. On the other hand, given the latest regulations in force in the Middle Empire, it is almost impossible to offer such amounts’.

Marcus Rashford’s recovery from a back fracture means the Red Devils are relaxed about the 30-year-old striker’s future. Nevertheless, the Nigerian centre-forward has proved a valuable back-up footballer in recent months, scoring four times in nine games for Man United.

Red Devils face a backlog of games once the campaign comebacks and they’re fighting on three fronts with two titles up for grabs in the Europa League and FA Cup. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he stays hopeful of a deal.

‘It’s been a dream for him, and hopefully, Ighalo can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us. For now, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon, so we’re just waiting to see.’