Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has personally requested for an extension of his loan deal with English powerhouse Manchester United.
He wants his parent club Shanghai Shenhua to allow him finish the season before returning to China.
While Shanghai Shenhua would prefer to sell Ighalo on a permanent deal if they to allow the 30-year-old to stay at United, United have made it clear they are not interested in a transfer.
Confidence is growing in Ighalo’s camp that a deal to extend the loan may yet be struck before Sunday’s expiry, with talks described as “much more positive” than they had been.
Ighalo signed a four-month loan deal on the final day of the transfer window and has made a telling impact with fans, teammates and the management at Old Trafford.