Nigerian legend Abdul Sule has revealed his believe that Odion Ighalo could earn a ‘big money move' in Europe after his Manchester United stint, although the 30-year-old striker is reportedly being offered an improved deal to return to Shanghai Shenhua.
The abrupt halt to top football leagues and European competitions due to the global coronavirus pandemic has left the ex-Super Eagles star’s future hanging in the balance.
Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had spoken on Ighalo's impact and the prospect of keeping him ahead of next season before the pandemic, but Sule is doubtful of the Norwegian's interest to retain the ex-Watford star, while tipping Ighalo to attract a big deal from Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“I see Odion Ighalo earning a big-money move from top European teams when his loan expires at Manchester United,” Sule to 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.
“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.
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“He can always still return to China later in his career but right now, I think he has what it takes to shine in Europe.”
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