Manchester United have been warned that Odion Ighalo could be set to land a ‘big money move’ to one of their major European rivals if they do not sign him permanently this summer.
Ighalo has shone since making his shock loan-move to United in January, scoring four goals in eight games prior to football’s suspension due to coronavirus.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer undecided over his plans to sign a striker this summer, Ighalo yet to be offered a permanent deal.
Football agent and former Nigeria international Abdul Sule believes the 30-year-old has a list of suitors, however, and will end up at a top European club this summer regardless of United’s plans.
Speaking to Goal, he said: “I see Odion Ighalo earning a big-money move from top European teams when his loan expires at Manchester United.
“I don’t think Man United are keen on retaining him because they seem not to value him enough to put hand him a regular place.
“He also may not be wanted again when Marcus Rashford is fit.”
Ighalo’s parent club Shanghai Shenhua remain desperate to keep the forward at the club, reportedly ready to offer him a pay raise on top of his already steep £300,000 a week salary.
Sule believes Ighalo will reject any offers made, however, saying: “I will not advise him to return to China now despite the attractive offer but would urge him to stay in Europe.
“I won’t be surprised if Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona come for him.
“He has proven that he’s got a lot to offer at the highest level within his short stay at Man United and he can attract big brands and earn more money, playing in any of the top teams in England.
“He can always still return to China later in his career but right now, I think he has what it takes to shine in Europe.”