Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Odion Jude Ighalo could join Manchester United permanently at the end of his loan spell at the club.
Ighalo raised eyebrows in the footballing world after he signed for the Red Devils on loan on the final day of last month’s transfer window.
The 30-year-old Nigerian striker joined Manchester United on a short-term loan until this summer.
The former Watford striker was at Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenshua before his loan move to Manchester United was approved last month.
On Ighalo and a possible transfer to Manchester United permanently in the summer when his short-term loan spell ends, Solskajer revealed that the player will be rewarded with a long-term deal if he impresses between now and the summer.
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Solskjaer talked about Ighalo as he gets set to take his team to London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Odion Ighalo is not likely to start the Chelsea game but he’s in line to make his debut for the club he has been supporting in his native Nigeria since he was a boy.
Due to the precautionary measures taken for the dreaded Coronavirus prevalent in China, Odion Ighalo was unable to travel with the rest of the Manchester United squad to Spain where they had their winter break.
Fellow new signing Bruno Fernandes will make the Manchester United starting lineup for the Chelsea having already bonded with the rest of the team. He had earlier made his debut in the last game vs Wolves at the start of this month.
Manchester United have failed to score in their three games in the Premier League and this barren run coincided with the injury to Marcus Rashford.
England international Rashford has three goals in two games against Chelsea this season and he has 19 goals in total.