Manchester United may not get to continue enjoying the services of Odion Ighalo after the Premier League reiterated its intention to finish the campaign.
All professional matches in English football have been postponed until April 30, but the Football Association has agreed to an indefinite extension for the season to conclude in order to maintain the integrity of the competitions.
The FA’s rules and regulations state ‘the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and Premier League clubs have either nine or 10 fixtures left to play.
Possibly, matches would continue well into July and Ighalo’s short-term loan contract with United expires on June 30.
The Red Devils have refused to comment on Ighalo’s contract situation and the former Super Eagles striker would be under no obligation to play for them after his contract ends but an extension could be arranged.
FIFA said it is monitoring the issue of players’ contracts in a statement last week: “FIFA is analysing the current situation and the potential impact it may have on all areas of football, including player contracts. More information will follow in due course.”
GoalBall understand that the Chinese Super League season could commence on April 18 after it emerged on Thursday the country had reported no new local cases of COVID-19.
United do not have an option to buy Ighalo, who has scored four goals in three starts for the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested last week the club could explore the possibility of signing Ighalo permanently.