“When I signed with Manchester United, it was a big party in my street”


Odion Ighalo did everything to complete his transfer to Manchester United. The Nigerian striker signed just before the winter transfer deadline at Old Trafford, which brought him back to the Premier League after three years in China.

Ighalo opted for the Chinese millions as player of Watford in 2017, but he wanted to return to England three years later. The attack leader was even willing to give in financially. Just before the transfer deadline, the deal was not yet completed and other candidates were smoking their chance. “But I said to my agent: I want to go there, this is what I want“Ighalo explains Manchester United TV. His representative then announced that he would be deteriorating in terms of salary. “I do not care, I said. Make sure it comes around, I don’t care how big my ‘pay cut’ will be
Once the deal was settled, the transfer was the talk of the day in Nigeria. “In the street I grew up on, it was a big party because Ighalo had signed with Manchester United. I was completely happy when I saw the images. My mother had to cry when I called her: this is your dream and i am so happy for you, she said.”


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