Odion Ighalo: Manchester United player on loan until the end of the season

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And more importantly allowed rest for the likes of Martial as well as a kick in terms of competition.
If hes 15m, hes a nice short term option and allows us to focus on other areas which badly need improvement (creativity down the right, etc).
Absolutely. Right Wing must be top priority. Sort out the Pogba saga as we can't afford too much distraction inside the dressing room. Recall Smalling or replace him, offload Jones and Rojo. There should be no financial impact.
 

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I'd be happy with this.
 

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He's earnt it. Not many better strikers happy to play 2nd fiddle and available for that sort of money.

He's been much better than I expected and seems a great fit in the squad. Welcome Ighalo!
 

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£15m is a pittance in this day and age, I'd be more than happy with that as backup option. If we were talking £30-40m, I'd be more inclined to think we could spend slightly more and get a better player, but that fee for Ighalo is spot on. Hopefully we make it happen, he's earned it so far.
 

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This report also says he earns 300k per week, and we are paying him 130k for the loan.
Maybe the actual figure is really 300k, and we paid him “nearly” half his salary, as 130k is near 150k, which is half of his salary?
 

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Isn’t there rules stopping those sort of wages happening in China now? With all fall out and money lost from this virus. Sounds like Sky and agents creating drama.
 

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Sky reporting that his parent club is offering him £400K/week to stay!
I seriously cant fault Ighalo if he takes the money.. that's just obscene amounts of cash. I do hope he chooses Manchester United. I've been delighted with how he's performed during his stay here.
 

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He could stay another year at United and probably still get a ridiculous contract in China the following year if he was still bothered abou5 the money.
 

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At this point in his career, I’d say he has enough money. He has a chance to live his dream and retire as a united player.
 

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Hasnt he been in China for the last 3-4 years. And im sure he would have been on 300k at least. Given hes 30, its his last chance at a big club in Europe (and the world).

So his decision will be based on what his motive is. Given the amount of money he must have made the last four seasons, id be very surprised if he stays there for that, now that hes experienced and fit in with United.
 

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Jeeeeeez. There are WC players in Europe not getting that! literally more than all City's players
Pretty sure they pay the highest basic wage there. Not on average but the top earners are in China. That's not counting all that's added to a contract like image rights and all kinds of bonuses but just the basic wage is super high in China. Billionaires that have more money than they know what to do with.
 

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What makes you think his form is unsustainable?
His goal return is what is unsustainable. At this point Martial, James, Lukaku, Rashford looked double their worth also averaging nearly a goal a game. Then the initial goal spike regresses to the mean and the rest of their game is put under the microscope. He may or may not be worth 15m when his normal goalscoring rate normalises but are we going off of that or just buying him because of the unsustainable debut form euphoria?
 
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Pretty sure they pay the highest basic wage there. Not on average but the top earners are in China. That's not counting all that's added to a contract like image rights and all kinds of bonuses but just the basic wage is super high in China. Billionaires that have more money than they know what to do with.
400k a week is very tempting for a 30 year old footballer
 

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If I was him I’d take the money and run. He has already fulfilled his childhood dream. He’ll always have videos of the goals he scored for United as a personal milestone and he’ll be well remembered by the fans here. Get the money and laugh to the bank Ighalinho
 

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To be fair he could probably play here for 2-3 years then move back to China for 3-400k a week as he's associated with United (it's why his current club are willing to hike his pay up from 300k to 400k).

If I were in his shoes though, I'd be in China from this summer onwards, he's had his dream move, scored some great goals and he's loved here, mission accomplished basically.
 

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A United fan earning thousands per week playing for "United". He's probably massively secure financially, could he walk away, how much could "more" money than you could ever need, pull you away from your dream?
I reckon he'd become a United legend if he stayed, money can't buy you that!
 

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Jeeeeeez. There are WC players in Europe not getting that! literally more than all City's players
How do you know on that city bit? They're rumoured to pay players from two sources, official and unofficial which would explain why none of their players are ever targeted by giants.
 

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To be fair he could probably play here for 2-3 years then move back to China for 3-400k a week as he's associated with United (it's why his current club are willing to hike his pay up from 300k to 400k).

If I were in his shoes though, I'd be in China from this summer onwards, he's had his dream move, scored some great goals and he's loved here, mission accomplished basically.
You'd probably do it the other way!
Take the 400k a week for two years now before China realises it's ludicrous and it all eases down there!!
After that he might be lucky to even get 80-100k anywhere else.
 

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You'd probably do it the other way!
Take the 400k a week for two years now before China realises it's ludicrous and it all eases down there!!
After that he might be lucky to even get 80-100k anywhere else.
I'd personally do that yes, but I'm not already a millionaire, it all depends on how he values playing for his boyhood team.
 

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It's premature. We always blow our load early. You never judge a player on unsustainable form.
Maybe, but it's easily worth the gamble. Nobody expects him to keep scoring at the rate he did, but unless something goes horribly wrong he should still be worth the £15m

Also, it's not like 130k a week isn't also obscene money. I'd take 130k at United over 400k in China no question. He can always go back there afterwards
 

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Rashford is back by the time most likely when the season restarts or very near close.

Greenwood is getting bulkier staying indoors as well.

I don't think we need him and we are only offering him an extension because he has done well enough to deserve it, and technically we should give it - not that he is the right player to give it to.

I'd say end the loan and look for a better 'in the box' striker who can compete against Martial who plays deeper instead long term.

Ighalo has served his purpose of being an emergency transfer until the end of the season and the end of the season seems highly dependent on the virus.
 

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At this point in his career, I’d say he has enough money. He has a chance to live his dream and retire as a united player.
Maybe, but it's easily worth the gamble. Nobody expects him to keep scoring at the rate he did, but unless something goes horribly wrong he should still be worth the £15m

Also, it's not like 130k a week isn't also obscene money. I'd take 130k at United over 400k in China no question. He can always go back there afterwards
Would you really say no to a 400k/week contract in China, just to play as backup striker in Man Utd for 130k?

If you can really give up 270k per week just to realise your dream in a backup role, maybe you can as well quit your day job and do volunteer work in Old Trafford, maybe a stadium staff or something, for the love of the club.
 

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Would you really say no to a 400k/week contract in China, just to play as backup striker in Man Utd for 130k?
His dream gets ruined by one manager who doesnt want to play him, one injury, Martial and everyone on top form, us back in CL, another attacking transfer like Sancho or Grealish will effect Greenwood and hence effect him-

400k is near a million every 2 weeks. Even though I doubt this is real, if it's even close then that's stupid to reject it. Wikipedia has him playing and scoring for United and he had his dream.
 

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Rashford is back by the time most likely when the season restarts or very near close.

Greenwood is getting bulkier staying indoors as well.

I don't think we need him and we are only offering him an extension because he has done well enough to deserve it, and technically we should give it - not that he is the right player to give it to.

I'd say end the loan and look for a better 'in the box' striker who can compete against Martial who plays deeper instead long term.

Ighalo has served his purpose of being an emergency transfer until the end of the season and the end of the season seems highly dependent on the virus.
This post is a mare mate.

Greenwood is getting bulkier staying indoors? Who built the fattening room?? That's all conjecture to say the least.

Do you have a premier league proven striker who's adapted to understanding the team and its needs while having fantastic synchrony with its current go-to playmaker lying somewhere around?

If you do please make him available.

I say 15m and max 150k is decent value for Ighalo. He's getting a deal cause he earned it and not as some 'pittance doled out of sympathy'
 

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This post is a mare mate.

Greenwood is getting bulkier staying indoors? Who built the fattening room?? That's all conjecture to say the least.

Do you have a premier league proven striker who's adapted to understanding the team and its needs while having fantastic synchrony with its current go-to playmaker lying somewhere around?

If you do please make him available.

I say 15m and max 150k is decent value for Ighalo. He's getting a deal cause he earned it and not as some 'pittance doled out of sympathy'
The Greenwood thing wasn't real. Just saying with him getting older and not playing games currently to staying at home and putting on weight as a joke, I don't see why we need to go for Ighalo rather than a better striker than Ighalo?

Why exactly is Ighalo the best we can get?

Ighalo served his purpose for me considering that Rashford will be back if the season does restart and if not - we might have a transfer window to get a proper striker instead if Ighalo himself prefers a 400k wage contract & rightfully so.

I don't think its Ighalo's experience that's importance to us - that he just plays a different type of football to Martial at times and we can and should find that in another striker long term.

Investing in Ighalo wont mean anything until we have to replace him eventually in a year for the exact situation we need now - a striker who can compete with Martial depending on the need for our tactics, a more technical and deep forward or more robust and in the box forward.

I just don't see why we have to have a soft heart for the guy whilst Liverpool have a Striker like Origi in after their false 9 in Firmino falls. We want to invest in Ighalo straight away? I'd rather give that to someone else or let Greenwood have that position because he might struggle to get games if a player like Sancho plays RW.
 

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The Greenwood thing wasn't real. Just saying with him getting older and not playing games currently to staying at home and putting on weight as a joke, I don't see why we need to go for Ighalo rather than a better striker than Ighalo?

Why exactly is Ighalo the best we can get?

Ighalo served his purpose for me considering that Rashford will be back if the season does restart and if not - we might have a transfer window to get a proper striker instead if Ighalo himself prefers a 400k wage contract & rightfully so.

I don't think its Ighalo's experience that's importance to us - that he just plays a different type of football to Martial at times and we can and should find that in another striker long term.

Investing in Ighalo wont mean anything until we have to replace him eventually in a year for the exact situation we need now - a striker who can compete with Martial depending on the need for our tactics, a more technical and deep forward or more robust and in the box forward.

I just don't see why we have to have a soft heart for the guy whilst Liverpool have a Striker like Origi in after their false 9 in Firmino falls. We want to invest in Ighalo straight away? I'd rather give that to someone else or let Greenwood have that position because he might struggle to get games if a player like Sancho plays RW.
Still doesn't address my question.

Do we currently have a striker:

- Willing to accept ≤ 150k
- Costs less than or equal to 15M
- Is well grounded and adapted to the English game?
- Good enough to lead the line but content to sit for the good of the team?

Surely Ighalo is not the best striker in Europe but if you could name a suitable replacement before discarding a solution that's already working.

That's all I need. Name a suitable replacement that satisfies the above criteria.