Manchester United have made an incredible goal-scoring investment with their late swoop for Odion Ighalo in the January transfer window.
The Nigerian striker’s signing was criticized heavily, being labeled as a rushed move by a club that had ceased to have concrete transfer ambitions in place; which in many ways was the case.
However, what has ensured the brilliance of this stroke is the performances with which the former Watford man and life-long United supporter has won the hearts of the Red Devils.
Ighalo has netted 4 goals for United, nearly all of them picturesque in their own regard and strokes of utter genius and the striker is clearly hungry for more.
In fact, as revealed by the Sun, the goals also have a financial incentive to them as Ighalo pockets an extra £8,000 for every goal he nets. In addition to this, the 30-year-old allegedly also earns an extra £9,000 for every Premier League win while a draw will see his weekly wages go up by £3,000.
However, these incentives are still paltry given the fact that Ighalo actually had to take a sizable pay-cut in order to move to his dream club. At his parent club Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, the striker was believed to make upwards of £300,000-a-week while this six-month-long loan spell will see him earn only about £180,000 with the Mancunian outfit.
That is certainly an eyebrow-raising cut to fulfill a dream. However, it is likely that he has no qualms with the arrangement and reports are already claiming that a long-term move is in the pipelines by making the loan a permanent one.
Even that decision, however, will not see Ighalo revert to his cash-heavy wage-package with a sizable loss in money on the cards if he chooses to remain a Red Devil.