Will striker be signed by Man United? Will Man United fans welcome possible Premier League deal, Spaniard told to complete shock Man United summer deal
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Manchester United have been urged to seal permanent Ighalo deal, but does he deserve a permanent move to Old Trafford?
United were desperate to add to their strike-force during the January transfer window and were heavily linked with a number of top-class strikers, but at the end of the window, Solskjaer convinced the United board to bring former Watford star Ighalo back to the Premier League on a loan deal.
The Nigerian striker was brought in primarily as cover for the injured Marcus Rashford and Solskjaer recentluy said Ighalo could earn himself a permanent contract if he performs for the club he supported as a child. ‘It doesn’t hurt [living the dream] but he’s here on merit, he’s here because he is a goalscorer and a different type of striker for us,’ Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
‘We might get to the summer and think we want to extend this, who know? ‘He’s come in as a breath of fresh air as well. He had chances in his five minutes against Chelsea, he scored against Bruges, he had chances against Watford, he had a very good save [from a shot] against Everton – there have been good saves, he doesn’t miss the target very often.
‘Even for Anthony (Martial), Mason (Greenwood) and Marcus (Rashford) to learn that it is where the sharks are swimming. It’s comfortable outside the box and you can have a few shots.
‘It’s in there where it might be a bit tougher and you might get hurt – that’s where you get goals.’
Now ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop believes United should make Odion Ighalo’s loan move permanent come the summer.
“He has [done alright],” Hislop told ESPN FC.
“He still hasn’t scored a league goal but I think that’s being unfair to Ighalo who, when called on, has shown his quality. We saw that in the Europa League on Thursday.
“I think you keep him, it gives you an option and I think Ighalo is more than happy to play second fiddle to a fit [Marcus] Rashford or whoever it may be.
“This makes sense for me.”
Ighalo has put in some decent performances since his move back to the English game and if he continues to put in the good performances and find the back of the net, he fully deserves a permanent deal with the club.
However, that still do not mean that Solskjaer doesn’t need to bring in a 20,30 or even 40-goal a season striker and they still need to buy even if Ighalo stays.
Shaka Hislop has urged Juan Mata to leave Manchester United as he is too good for the bench.
United have been in the headlines over the past few months about the possible summer arrivals at the club, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to improve the side and get the club challenging for titles once again next season.
But with the possibility of new players arriving at the club at the end of the season, it will mean that a number of first-team players that have been at the club for a while may find themselves surplus-to-requirements, players like former Chelsea midfielder Mata.
The 31-year-old has struggled for game time this season under Solskjaer and is now likely to find it even harder to break into the team following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January, who has been nothing short of brilliant since his mega money move
There has been some reports in the media suggesting that he will leave the club, with a number of La Liga sides interested and now Hislop thinks Mata is better off at a different club, as he is simply too good to be keeping the bench warm on a weekly basis.
“I’m going to put him to go and it almost pains me,” Hislop told ESPN FC.
“I think Juan Mata is an outstanding player and under ordinary circumstances you keep Juan Mata regardless.
“The issue then becomes Juan Mata is a bit-part player and I think far too good a player, far too valuable in the dressing room, to be a bit-part player.
“So Juan Mata I think he needs to start thinking about life after Old Trafford.”
Manchester United target Willian has dealt Chelsea a blow after admitting he could leave this summer transfer window, but he be welcome at Old Trafford?
There has been talk that he could be leaving at the end of the season as reports in the media have suggested that Chelsea may not be willing to offer him a new contract because of his age, and may be willing to let him leave the club on a free transfer, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona eyeing up a possible deal
But despite Hakim Ziyech’s impending arrival in the summer, recent reports have claimed the transfer will not impact Willian, and that Chelsea and the stars representatives are still in talks to try and agree a deal that would allow him to stay at the club for the next few years, but there is still some doubt that he could leave the club.
It is no secret that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add some experience and quality to his midfield, and has been a big fan of Willian for seasons now, and considering the fact that Willian would come one a free, it is right down the alley of the United hierarchy.
Now the Brazilian has opened up and admitted that he could actually leave the Blues in the summer, Speaking to ESPN Brazil he said: “I still don’t know. There’s nothing with any other team.
There’s no offer from any team. My negotiation for now is with Chelsea. There’s still nothing concrete from any team.
“And the situation with Chelsea is still that way. They offered me two, I demanded three, and it stopped there. There’s nothing much. I always like to make it very clear the respect I have for this club, the affection I have.
“Regardless of my situation, one thing I can say: I’ll always try to do my best, give my best on the pitch for this team.There’s really no offer from any club.”
Now Look, United know that Willian wants to stay in London and Solskjaer knows it will be difficult to prise him away from the Capital, but if he wants to stay in the Premier League, why not make the move?
Willian is just the type of experienced star that he will need to get the very best out of the youngsters, and the fact he will be free, means they will only have to offer Willian the right kind of contract.
He could be a great signing, but one that may divide many fans.