Manchester United could be forced to release Odion Ighalo before the end of the season if the campaign is extended beyond May due to coronavirus.
The on loan striker’s contract runs until May 31 – meaning United will have to try to secure a permanent deal or seek Premier Leaguedispensation to extend it further.
But with Ighalo’s parent club Shanghai Shenhua potentially back in action before football resumes in this country, there are no guarantees they will agree to a transfer.
No option to buy was included in the 30-year-old’s deadline day move in January. And privately United sources believed a permanent transfer was unlikely given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pursuit of a top class centre forward and Ighalo’s salary in China – believed to be worth around £300,000-a-week.
But he has made a spectacular impact at Old Trafford – scoring four goals in three starts and proving a positive influence in the dressing room.