Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, says he will be shocked if Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo, walks away from the possibility of making his loan move to Manchester United permanent.
The decision to stay back in England with the Devils was made complicated with Shanghai Shenhua tempting the Nigerian back to China by offering him an irresistible £400,000 weekly wage in a new contract.
Writing about Ighalo on his column for Skysports, Merson says playing for United on a permanent basis is an opportunity Ighalo must not pass on.
“Everything’s gone right for him so far and if United do offer him a chance to stay, I’d be shocked if he walked away.
“He’s said all the right things since joining Manchester United. He’s turned around enough times and said he’s dreamed of playing for United so if they do offer him a permanent deal, I can’t see him turning it down.”
Ighalo, who is on loan at Manchester United, is presently on £300,000 weekly wage at the club.
The Nigerian took a 40 percent wage cut to play for United.