Shanghai Shenhua expects Odion Ighalo to return from his loan period at Manchester United in time for the start of the new season of the Chinese Super League, which is scheduled to start in July.
Manchester United wants to extend Ighalo's loan to cover the end of the Premier League season, whose date remains uncertain amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As it stands, Shanghai Shenhua will only allow Ighalo to remain at Old Trafford if the contract is permanent and the Chinese club values him more than £ 20 million.
Newcastle United are thought to be interested in Ighalo if their proposed acquisition were completed this summer.
Ighalo revealed last month that "Manchester United do not yet have an open proposal" about extending their stay at the club beyond the current loan period, despite manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting that a deal could be made.
The Nigerian striker excitedly started Manchester United after his surprise surprise on Deadline Day, scoring four times in eight games before the Premier League suspension.
Sky Sports News revealed in March that Ighalo received a two-year contract extension from parent club Shanghai, worth £ 400,000 a week.
Ighalo's current contract expires in December 2022, but Shanghai wants to keep it until at least December 2024.
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