Ighalo offered £400k-a-week deal

English Premier League

Odion Ighalo has reportedly been offered a staggering £400k-a-week contract to tempt him from accepting a permanent deal with Manchester United.

Shanghai Shenhua allowed the former Nigeria striker to join United on loan on transfer deadline day after their league campaign was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

And after a blistering start to life with the Premier League giants, scoring four goals in three starts, The Red Devils are said to have expressed interest in making the deal permanent.

However, with the Chinese Super League set to resume by the end of next month and the COVID-19 virus now suspending the Premier League - his parent club have offered to 'reward' Ighalo's recent form.

It's believed the 31-year-old has now been tabled a two-year contract extension worth £400,000-a-week (R8.3 million), before tax, in an attempt to see him reject the advances of the English club.

According to Sky Sports News, Ighalo is 'flattered' by the offer to become the highest-paid African footballer in the world, with his contract only set to expire at the end of the 2022 season in China.

But the former Watford striker is said to be maintaining focus of finishing his loan stint under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before discussing his long-term future.