Neville isn't convinced that Manchester United should spend £20 million
on making Odion Ighalo's move to the club a permanent one.
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Ighalo made his shock deadline-day switch from Shanghai Shenhua in
January and the ex-Watford striker has impressed the Old Trafford
The 30-year-old has scored four goals in three starts for the club he
has supported since childhood but adding to his eight appearances has
been complicated by the coronavirus crisis.
The Premier League has been suspended since 13 March - the day after
he netted a stunning goal at LASK in the Europa League - and play is
unlikely to resume until mid-June at the earliest.
Ighalo's loan deal expires on 31 May and, despite their attacking
injury issues easing, Man United are understood to be open to extending his
Old Trafford stint.
On the completion of his temporary move there has been speculation
that Man Utd could sign him permanently with a figure of between £15 million
and £20 million talked about.
Neville said on Instagram Live: "Is Ighalo worth £20 million? Probably not
in this market. He may have been if he continued scoring goals but you
probably don’t need now to spend £20 million."
In March, Ighalo refused to talk about the possibility of a loan
extension, he said: "Talking about other things now will not only be
selfish but terribly insensitive. I don't even think about it.
"The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one.
"You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right
now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to
"This is another reminder for us to share love in this world.
Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is
a problem to all."
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