Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that January loan arrival Odion Ighalo’s move to the club could be made permanent in the summer.
The surprise transfer of the winter window came to fruition on deadline day three weeks ago.
The signing came for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, in the form of former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.
Just 24 hours after the Red Devils confirmed the high-profile addition of Bruno Fernandes, Ighalo followed suit, with the Nigerian having put pen-to-paper on a 6-month loan deal in Manchester:
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Ighalo was brought to Old Trafford to add some much-needed depth to United’s front-line, on the back of the long-term injury picked up my Marcus Rashford last month.
‘There’s a chance…’
United’s latest signing is actually yet to make his debut in the club’s colours, but could do so tonight in the Red Devils’ crunch meeting with Chelsea.
Nevertheless, though, speculation has already begun to circulate regarding the possibility of Ighalo’s return to England being made permanent in the summer.
As such, speaking in a pre-Chelsea press conference last night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was drawn on the African hitman’s future at the club.
And Solskjaer went on to admit that, if Ighalo sufficiently impresses, a permanent transfer cannot be ruled out:
“It’s a loan, but when you’re in the door and if you impress it gives you a chance.”
“That’s exactly the same for everyone who signs if it’s permanent or it’s a loan. If you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, then of course there’s a chance that we’ll look at extending things.”
“That doesn’t just go for Odion, but since you asked, yes. Of course his incentive is to play as well as he can. And it’s up to us to make sure that he’d want to stay if we wanted him.”
Quotes via Man United’s official website