Gary Neville disapproves of United’s proposed £20m deal for Odion Ighalo

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has counselled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against making Odion Ighalo United move permanent this summer.

Valued at £20million, Ighalo moved to Old Trafford on deadline day in January on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Many United legends doubted the suitability of the Nigerian to the club, but Ighalo has since won the hearts of many club faithful following a string of good performances.

After the 30-year-old netted four goals in eight matches, United coach Solskjaer was said to be keen on signing the former Watford striker permanently.

However, it appears the £20million price tag may get in the way of the deal, as United — like other clubs across Europe — have seen their earnings decline as a result of suspension of football following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Neville feels spending £20million on a back-up striker would be bad business for United, given the financial realities.

Speaking on Instagram Live, Neville responded to a question on Ighalo’s United future.

“Is ighalo worth £20m?” said Neville.

“Probably not in this market. He may have been if he continued before scoring goals but you probably don’t need now to spend £20m.”

Aniekeme Unyah

Aniekeme Unyah is one of Content Writers for 234football. Packed with real insight of the NPFL, Aniekeme has been a freelance Sports writer for several publications in Nigeria and beyond - including the renowned CompleteSports.

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