For the past three years, he has competed in the Chinese Super League, which is known for the staggering salaries it gives out, but not for the quality of its football.
His stay in China and the outbreak of a coronavirus in the country will prove to be a serious impediment to Idalo’s early days at United.
Sixth, it is not a health problem with the Nigerian, he is completely healthy, but at this stage he cannot leave the UK because he simply will not be able to return.
This would not have been a particular problem if his teammates had not left for a weeklong camp in Spain today. The UK has banned entry into the country of citizens who have been to China in the last 14 days, as is the case with Igalo.
That way, he will not travel with his new teammates to Spain, but will remain training with the team’s youth. If he left with the team, he would not be able to get back into the country.
However, there is a positive side to the whole saga. If the measures in question had been adopted a few days earlier, Odion Igalo would not have been able to reach Manchester at all. Manchester United’s transfer bluff would then be complete.