Former Nigeria international Abdul Sule believes several Europe’s top clubs including Chelsea would come for Manchester United loan star Odion Ighalo at the end of his loan spell.
Ighalo’s January move to Old Trafford has given Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer somewhat a relief after Marcus Rashford’s injury.
Along with Bruno Fernandes, these January signings have helped United to an 11-game unbeaten record in all competitions since January 26.
However, former Nigerian striker Sule does not think Manchester United will sign him permanently at the end of the season.
He told Goal: “I don’t think Man United are keen on retaining him because they seem not to value him enough to put hand him a regular place.
“He also may not be wanted again when Marcus Rashford is fit.”
Those are fair points since Ighalo will be 31 on June 16 and his signing was likely a stopgap until Rashford and Martial return from injuries.
But Sule then went on making bold claims that Ighalo would attract interest from other big clubs including Chelsea.
He said: “I will not advise him to return to China now despite the attractive offer but would urge him to stay in Europe.
“I won’t be surprised if Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona come for him.
“He has proven that he’s got a lot to offer at the highest level within his short stay at Man United and he can attract big brands and earn more money, playing in any of the top teams in England.”
Ighalo has been an exciting transfer for United, but he has not exactly had astonishing numbers. He scored four goals; two in the FA Cup and two in the Europa League for United in eight appearances.