Manchester United are reportedly close to sealing an extended loan deal for Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
Ighalo, 30, joined the Red Devils in January on a loan deal until June but he only managed eight appearances before the coronavirus outbreak forced a halt to all football.
The loan deal is now set to expire before the Premier League resumes on June 17, forcing United into a difficult position.
The Chinese Super League is also set to return to action in June, meaning Shenhua were keen to bring Ighalo back and would only let him stay at Old Trafford if United agreed to an obligation to buy him.
However, international travel restrictions mean Ighalo is unlikely to be able to get back into China for the resumption anyway, meaning Shenhua have eased their demands.
The news is a major boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who are pushing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Ighalo started to find form shortly prior to football’s pause, netting four goals in all competitions for the Red Devils.
United were also boosted by the addition of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January, helping them enjoy an upturn in form.
It’s understood that Ighalo’s proposed loan extension would run until January allowing him to return to China in 2021.