Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has urged Manchester United not to shell out £20m on Odion Ighalo in order to make his move from China permanent.
As things stand, the Nigerian is expected to return to Shanghai Shenhua at the start of July ahead of the new Super League season. The Red Devils would like a short term extension to their loan deal but his parent club have slapped a hefty asking price on the 30-year-old.
Nevilles thinks the current financial climate means such a deal for Ighalo would not represent value for money:
“Is Ighalo worth £20m? Probably not in this market. He may have been if he continued before scoring goals but you probably don’t need now to spend £20m.”
The big dilemma for United is that they are unlikely to be able to register another signing for the final nine Premier League fixtures so if Ighalo leaves, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be one forward down.
Mason Greenwood could perhaps step up as a central striker, but it appears the Reds are still hoping to come to a resolution with Shanghai Shenhua over Ighalo.