As D-Day Looms For United And Ighalo A New Wrinkle Has Been Added To The Equation
Odion Ighalo's stay at United has gotten a big boost and ironically it's from the Chinese government much to the dismay of Shanghai Shenhua.
This is because the Chinese Ministry of Health has insisted that the Chinese Super League’s foreign players currently out of the country are set to be banned from returning until October.
Odion Ighalo is among a huge group of players and managers that fall into that category, including Dalian Yifang manager Rafa Benitez.
As we know the striker’s loan deal is set to expire this Sunday, leaving him in limbo between England and China, but his agent Ladi Salami has revealed that an extension is close to being agreed upon especially so with this new wrinkle. This is according to an interview Salami granted Foot Mercato.
However, if no deal is reached Ighalo upon his return whenever that is, will not find Chinese football in the way he left it.
This is because financial woes are taking a toll on China’s professional football clubs, with 11 being disqualified for failing to pay wages and five closing shop on their terms
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These include Tianjin Tianhai which just four years ago splashed 11.5 million euros on Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah from Werder Bremen and Asian giants Liaoning Hongyuan which dominated Chinese football from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s.
Low attendance and gaudy contracts for overseas signings were already weighing heavily on the industry, even before the coronavirus outbreak forced it into a total shutdown.
Though Shanghai Shenhua has not been affected by the crash so far as they are owned by Greenland Holdings one of the largest and richest real estate developers in China, with the sluggish real estate market one has to wonder how long they can afford the whopping £ 400,000 a week they have offered Ighalo who despite getting a pay cut at United earned about N1.4 billion in six months playing for the Red Devils.
There is an old saying that a bird in hand is worth more than two in the bush so Ighalo and his agent have to put on their thinking hats here.
The next couple of days should be quite exciting as nobody can predict what will happen especially with the injured Marcus Rashford almost now healed.