Odion Jude Ighalo
30 years old.
AFCON 2019 Top Goalscorer.
Joins from Shanghai Shenhua in China.
6-month loan deal, no option to buy.
Replacement for the injured Marcus Rashford.
First Nigerian to represent Manchester United.
In one of the most shocking transfers in recent memory, 30-year old former Super Eagles forward & AFCON 2019 highest goal scorer, Odion Jude Ighalo has joined Manchester United in a return to the English Premier League.
He joins the Ole Gunner Solksjaer’s side on a loan deal until the end of the 2019/2020 Premier League season.
Speaking about the loan deal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us.
“A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”
Manchester United will pay a loan fee of around £5million and will cover half of his £300,000-a-week wages.
The former Watford striker, who has been playing in the Chinese Super League since leaving Watford in 2017, joins from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua where he scored 10 goals in 19 appearances (all competitions) in 2019.
Across all clubs in his career so far, Ighalo has scored 131 goals from 322 appearances.
The forward has also earned 35 caps for Nigeria and scored 16 times, notably finishing as top scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Speaking in 2016, Ighalo admitted that United would be a dream move for him as a lifelong supporter of the Reds.
“They were my team growing up,” he was quoted. “I loved watching Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke on TV. They were my idols and playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream.”
There was also a lot of interest from Tottenham, but Ighalo turned them down in favour of a move to Manchester United, the team he supported growing up, as a young boy in Nigeria.
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