Man Utd Learn Shanghai Shenhua's Asking Price for Impressive Odion Ighalo

​Hands up - and be honest - how many of us thought that Odion Ighalo would be a success at Old Trafford? 

No, me neither. 

But the Nigerian striker has impressed the Manchester United faithful with his committed displays since arriving in January, so much so that the Red Devils are considering making his loan deal permanent in the summer. 

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​And ​The Mirror reports that Ighalo's instant impression has not gone unnoticed in China either, and parent club Shanghai Shenhua will take advantage of the situation by demanding over £15m for his services. 

The two clubs did include an option to buy Ighalo at the end of the season when they concluded the loan move, but no concrete fee was agreed, meaning the Chinese club could sell the striker for triple the fee they paid just over 12 months ago.

Ighalo's late move to Old Trafford in the winter window came as a shock to many, given his lack of football at the highest level in recent years. But the 30-year-old has become an instant hit in Manchester, scoring twice in the Europa League and bagging a brace in the FA Cup.

He has also made four appearances from the bench in the Premier League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, as he continues to adapt to life back in the English top-flight. Ighalo has impressed coaching staff and players alike with his attitude and ability over the past two months, and a permanent deal appears to be a viable option for all parties. 

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​Speaking about Ighalo's superb adjustment to life at ​Man Utd, Solskjaer admitted he has been impressed by the striker's performances thus far, and that the Red Devils 'will need those qualities next season', dropping a huge hint that they will try to agree a deal in the summer. 

“Odion has done really well since he came in and he is enjoying himself,” Solskjaer said.“He will improve and get better, but he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities next season, so let’s see what we will do.”

Source : 90min