English Premiership

Neville questions Ighalo's worth

Odion Ighalo (PA)
Odion Ighalo (PA)

Gary Neville isn't convinced that Manchester United should spend £20 million on making Odion Ighalo's move to the club a permanent one.

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Ighalo made his shock deadline-day switch from Shanghai Shenhua in January and the ex-Watford striker has impressed the Old Trafford faithful.

The 30-year-old has scored four goals in three starts for the club he has supported since childhood but adding to his eight appearances has been complicated by the coronavirus crisis.

The Premier League has been suspended since 13 March - the day after he netted a stunning goal at LASK in the Europa League - and play is unlikely to resume until mid-June at the earliest.

Ighalo's loan deal expires on 31 May and, despite their attacking injury issues easing, Man United are understood to be open to extending his Old Trafford stint.

On the completion of his temporary move there has been speculation that Man Utd could sign him permanently with a figure of between £15 million and £20 million talked about.

Neville said on Instagram Live: "Is Ighalo worth £20 million? Probably not in this market. He may have been if he continued scoring goals but you probably don’t need now to spend £20 million."

In March, Ighalo refused to talk about the possibility of a loan extension, he said: "Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don't even think about it.

"The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one.

"You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully.

"This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all."

- TEAMtalk media

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