Nigeria striker, Odion Jude Ighalo’s dream of playing for Manchester United is on the verge of collapsing as his parent club – Shanghai Shenhua does not want him to finish the protracted league, but are calling on him to return to China instead.

Ighalo [30], joined Man United on January 31 in a loan deal as a stop-gap following Marcus Rashford’s back injury. After signing for the Old Trafford side, Ighalo could not hold his joy calling the move a ‘dream’ to join the club he has long supported.

The Lagos born striker who is the first Nigerian player to play for Manchester United quickly turned his screws on, scoring four goals in eight appearances.

Ighalo’s contract expires on May 31 and with the season going beyond the scheduling date because of the coronavirus pandemic United have held talks with his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua about allowing him to finish the protracted season, but the Chinese side are reluctant as they are keen to having their striker back ahead of the start of the Chinese Super League.

Shanghai have offered Ighalo – whose contract in China runs out next summer – a two-year extension on improved terms of £400 000 per week.

The 30-year-old scored in United’s last game, a 5-0 win over LASK in Austria played behind closed doors on March 12.