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Ighalo set for China return despite United chasing loan extension

Odion Ighalo looks set to return to China when his loan deal expires.

Manchester United are struggling to agree an extension with his parent club Shanghai Shenua, and it seems the Nigerian - who signed on a short-term loan deal in January to cover for the injured Marcus Rashford - could have to return on May 31.

The coronavirus pandemic means the 30-year-old striker's loan will end before the Premier League's proposed June return, while Rashford is expected to be fit.

Although United are said to have decided against signing the former Watford star on a ppermanent deal, the club are still chasing a short extension.

It's said boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer would like to keep him on until the end of the campaign with the Red Devils still competing in three competitions - including the FA Cup and Europa League - with the possibility of 18 games in just over two months.

Ighalo - who has score four goals in eight appearances for United - is a lifelong fan of the club, and he would love to stay at Old Trafford.

Shangai are proving to be tough negotiators, as the Chinese Super League club are insisting the player should return as origianlly planned.

He was back at United's Carrington training complex last week, and it's reported he'll be back again this week as the club try to secure an extension.

Meanwhile, it's said the Premier League club have waived future fees - and back dated some - of three clubs who currently have their players on loan.

Hearts, Burton and Bolton - who have loaned Joel Pereira, Kieran O'Hara and Ethan Hamilton respectively - could save a five-figure sum after United made the gesture as a result of the financial strains some teams will face amid the health crisis.

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