Odion Ighalo could be forced to return to Shanghai Shenhua if Manchester United decide not to sign him on a permanent transfer.

Even though the situation with the striker isn’t clear, it has not stopped the Red Devils in searching the market for a new striker.

Last month, we relayed news from Germany that Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Alassane Pléa is on the Old Trafford club’s radar.

The Frenchman has eight goals and seven assists in 22 league appearances this season.

If a report from Sky Germany is to be believed (as relayed by Fussball Transfers), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are still looking at the 27-year-old. Sky states United have inquired about the forward with his entourage. His contract with the Bundesliga club lasts until 2023.

Speaking to Bild, Mönchengladbach CFO Stephan Schippers stressed his side are losing revenue due to the Covid-19 crisis.

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“Due to the lack of audience revenue, we can already post an amount of ten to thirteen million euros as negative earnings. So far, we have received three million euros from the 22 million euros of TV money still outstanding,” he said.

“For every game that we are playing now, we receive a further partial amount. You can work out what a minus amount it would be in the end, if the season is stopped. It is of course a burden for us. But it is not threatening bankruptcy.”

If Manchester United want to land Pléa, who are said to be ‘intensifying’ for the player, they will have to wait because the German club want to understand their financial position before making any decisions on transfers.

“We first have to have our financial options on the table to make decisions. This also applies to the five players with expiring contracts. But of course, we have a close exchange with the boys – they know what our priority is,” Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl said.