Ighalo Prepares for Saudi Club
After parting with the Manchester club last week, the former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalohas now arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday ahead of his scheduled signing for Al-Shabab, one of the top clubs in the Middle East.
Multiple reports indicate Al-Shabab agreed to sign the former Manchester United loanee from Shanghai Shenhua; adding that the 31-year-old should be unveiled on or before Thursday once he passes his mandatory medicals.
The Nigerian star is expected to sign a two-and-a-half-year deal if he passes his medicals. Though the European window closed by 11 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the transfer window in Saudi Arabia runs until February 7. Ighalo was said to be earning about $250,000 per week at Manchester United and reports claim he will earn much more in the move to Al-Shabab.
Before settling for Al-Shabab, Ighalo had been linked with potential moves to Dubai, the English Premier League and the MLS but a switch to the Middle East appears to be the most lucrative for the 31-year-old.
Interestingly, one of Nigeria’s greatest ever strikers, the late Rashidi Yekini also played for Al-Shabab in 1999. It is not surprising fans of the club are upbeat and counting down to welcoming another trusted goal poacher from the most populous black country in the world.
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