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Barnes – Odion Ighalo will be a decent signing for Man United

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Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Nigerian star Odion Ighalo will be a decent signing for Man United in the summer.

However, Barnes was quick to note that his parent club Shanghai Shenhua’s £20m valuation of Ighalo could be a stumbling block in the current transfer market due to coronavirus crisis, The Sun reports.

According to him, Man United can’t afford to spend £20m on Ighalo in the post-coronavirus transfer market.


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Barnes said: “When you think about Odion Ighalo, a proven goal scorer and has experience in the Premier League, then £20m is very good value in this market.

“However, if you are looking at the current situation with coronavirus and the transfer market, with a player who won’t necessarily start every game, he is not worth the money.

“Under normal circumstances, £20m is nothing for a player in the transfer market, If I look at an overall player, someone who is happy to be a squad player and will help back-up players like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, then yes, he would be a decent signing for Manchester United.”

Ighalo’s loan deal with the Red Devils expires on May 31, with the striker expected to return to parent club Shangahi Shenhua for the new Chinese Premier League season.

He has scored four goals in eight games for Man United this season.

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