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Man United’s attempts to extend Ighalo’s deal have reached an impasse/ Benfica forward linked with Red Devils

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The Evening Standard have, on Tuesday, provided a couple of updates on Manchester United and their potential attacking options moving forward.

Ighalo & Man United

The first of these updates surrounds Odion Ighalo, who Man United signed in January.

The Nigerian is on loan at Old Trafford until the 31st of May, which, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t be an issue.

But with the Premier League not reportedly due to resume until mid-June, this, of course, poses problems for the Man United loanee. His current deal is set to expire with United having nine games of their league campaign left to play.

And whilst Ighalo hasn’t been overly impressive in the Premier League, he has still proven a useful back-up option for Anthony Martial.

As a result, you would imagine that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. would be hopeful of extending Ighalo’s loan deal.

However, as per the aforementioned report from the Evening Standard, Manchester United’s attempts to extend the 30-year-old’s loan have reached an impasse.

Solskjaer is said to want to keep the striker until the end of the Premier League season.

But Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo’s parent club, are said to be demanding that the former Watford hitman return to China for the start of the Chinese Super League campaign, meaning Ighalo may have played his last game for the Red Devils.

Benfica star linked

But whilst Ighalo’s time at United may be coming to an end, the club apparently have their eyes on another forward.

In a separate report from the Evening Standard on Tuesday, Man United have been linked with a move for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius.

The Standard cite reports that claim the Benfica hitman could be available for around £35m.

Vinicius is a 25-year-old Brazilian who has scored 15 goals in 22 league ties this term.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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