Manchester United are relaxed about the possibility of Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo returning to his parent club Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the month following Marcus Rashford return to full fitness.
Ighalo, 30, joined Manchester United on a six-month loan deal on transfer deadline day after Rashord suffered a back injury in the FA Cup clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 15.
Manchester United reportedly paid £3m for the former Watford striker in January.
Shanghai Shenhua are willing to allow Ighalo join United permanently for a price around £20m, but the Red Devils are not willing meet the asking price.
“As far as Ighalo goes, I think there is a relaxed mood from Manchester United,” Sky Sports reporter James Cooper said outside the club’s Carrington training complex.
“The facts of the matter are that his contract comes to end next Friday, May 31.
“There is a will from Manchester United to keep the player, I think equally Shanghai Shenhua would like the player back in China playing for them.
“The relaxed attitude that comes from Manchester United, is that Marcus Rashford is now fit and so there is less need for Ighalo.
“But I think all things being equal United would like to keep him.”
Ighalo has scored four goals in eight appearances for United.