CONFIRMED: African Forward Could Leave Man Utd This Month
Odion Ighalo has opened the door to a possible switch to MLS as he approaches the end of his loan stint at Manchester United.
The English giants surprised many when they signed Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month deal in the previous year’s winter transfer window.
The 31-year-old netted five goals for United in the second half of the 2020-19 term, in spite of mainly being used as a substitute, providing valuable cover for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the final third of the pitch.
The Red Devils decided to extend Odion’s loan through to 2021 at the start of June, but he has been starved of first-team minutes in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad since the start of their latest season.
Edinson Cavani’s arrival at United on a free transfer saw the Nigerian star fall completely out of favour, with the 31-year-old attacker only managing four appearances across all competitions so far this season.
He will return to his parent club at the end of January, but he is not planning to stay in Asia for the long-term having already pinpointed the United States as a potential next destination.
“I have been watching MLS and the league is doing well and I would like to play in the MLS,” the Shanghai Shenhua-owned player told ESPN.
“I have to wait for offers and if the opportunity arises, I will take it because the league is doing well and it is a good life and I would love it.
“Lots of players go there. Even Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is there, also Giovanni dos Santos. Why not? I would like to go there if an opportunity arises. Being an experienced player, going there, doing well.
“It is an opportunity if it comes for me. The David Beckham club [Inter Miami] is growing, so if an opportunity arises why not?”