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Manchester United face battle to keep Ighalo after Chinese club offer new deal


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Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo has been offered a bumper two-year contract extension by his club Shanghai Shenhua. 

The Chinese side are reportedly willing to pay the Nigerian forward $500,000 a week in order to remain in China for the next two seasons.

Boyhood United fan Ighalo has impressed during his time at Old Trafford, scoring four times in eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.

"I think he's warranted the opportunity now to come in as a full-time player," United legend Rio Ferdinand said this week of Ighalo potentially making the move permanent this summer.

"And what he gives Manchester United, which they didn't have, is someone you can pass the ball into and can hold it up, he's got a physical presence, he can hold off a defender or two and lay the ball in for someone else to score.

"When you see Rashford when he's fit, I think he will appreciate playing with someone like this. He can have the impact on the Rashfords and the Martials and the Dan James' that someone like Henrik Larsson can have on the likes of Rooney, Saha etc.

"That experience and he's got that little bit of difference that's different to someone else where you go 'actually I'll take that little element from his game and I'll learn from that, I'll add that to my game'.

"I think he's got something that's different to all the other guys in the team, which is good, you need that little bit of difference sometimes".


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