Former Man United striker Odion Ighalo set for Saudi Arabia move

Odion Ighalo

Ex-Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has passed his medical ahead of a move to Saudi Arabian Pro League club Al Shabab.

The 31-year-old is set to leave Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua after agreeing personal terms on a “multi-year” deal with the six-time Saudi champions.

Ighalo is presently in Riyadh where he has undergone medicals and signed to joined Al-Shabab in the latest move of his career.

Ighalo has already taken to social media to say his goodbyes to his parent club after Shenhua gave him permission to speak to the Saudi Arabian side.

“It’s sorted and everything is finalised, it should be announced late on Thursday or Friday,” one of the player’s representatives told BBC Sport Africa.

“Despite interest from other clubs, this is a good move for the player because Al Shabab showed ambition and commitment in their efforts to sign him.”

The former Nigeria international scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for Shanghai Shenhua, helping them to the 2019 Chinese FA Cup.

Ighalo leaves China after four years. He first moved to the Asian country in January 2017 to join Changchun Yatai from Watford.

In January 2020, he got a loan move to Manchester United where he spent the 12 months.


Isaac Darko
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