Manchester United’s current stance on Odion Ighalo suggests Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be eyeing a big-name striker when the transfer window reopens this summer. The Red Devils have seen the Nigeria international impress at Old Trafford ever since his loan move from Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day. But United only want to extend his loan at the current time – rather than sign him permanently.
Manchester United were slammed by the footballing world when they signed Ighalo on transfer deadline day.
Having initially sought the arrival of teenage prodigy Erling Haaland, the Red Devils were accused of downgrading massively. A player who had spent the last few years in China was immediately written off.
Ighalo has, though, justified United’s decision to sign him.
He’s scored four goals from eight games for the club, with a brace against Derby County in the FA Cup the standout so far.
Ighalo also contributed as United beat Manchester City 2-0 in March, playing a vital role in Scott McTominay’s late goal that day.
As things stand, though, the Red Devils seem to have no intention of signing the 30-year-old on a permanent basis.
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But United were gazumped by Borussia Dortmund in the end. Mixed messages regarding the deal have since emerged but it was a blow to Solskjaer nonetheless.
Despite that, though, the Red Devils manager retains hope that he’ll one day be able to land his man and bring Haaland to Old Trafford.
And United could possibly move for him this summer. That said, it still appears a long shot.
What doesn’t seem a long shot, though, is the Red Devils moving for either Timo Werner or Moussa Dembele.
Both players have been under consideration behind the scenes for some time now.
The possibility of signing Werner is definitely growing. With Liverpool not interested, a path to the Germany international seems like it’s opening up.
United sent a scout to watch the striker earlier in the campaign and he’s been in devastating form, scoring 27 goals across all competitions.
At £53million, he’s attainable. That fee is within the club’s budget, with United eager not to spend more than £60m on one player this summer.
And Dembele is also another player who United have interest in.
The Lyon star has been in fine form this season, scoring 16 Ligue 1 goals before the French government scrapped the season.
And with Ighalo likely to only be a temporary signing, Solskjaer may choose to go after the France international, Haaland or Werner instead.