Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has claimed that Tottenham offered him a £200,000 per week contract while speaking to Elegbete Sports.
Ighalo revealed that, when Man United were in talks to sign him, Tottenham were dealing with somewhat of an injury crisis as Harry Kane was out on the sidelines.
Therefore, the North London side were apparently willing to offer the striker 100 per cent of the wages he was earning in China at the time, which came to £200,000 per week.
Tottenham were also willing to pay Shanghai Shenhua a higher loan fee than the Red Devils, making it a more attractive prospect for the Chinese club. However, even though the club wanted him to accept Spurs, Ighalo preferred Manchester United.
Ighalo even added that he didn’t want to talk with Jose Mourinho as he was worried that the Special One would manipulate him.
£200,000 per week would have put Ighalo on level wages with Tottenham’s highest earners, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele (Spotrac).
He said: “When Tottenham heard Manchester United were in talks, they started calling my agent because Harry Kane was injured then.
“I am a man of principle. I got a pay cut going to Manchester United. Tottenham were ready to pay me all the wages I was earning in China (£200,000 a week).
“They were ready to pay a higher loan fee than Manchester United, so my director in Shanghai Shenhua was trying to force me to accept Tottenham Hotspur.
“I told my agent I didn’t care, he should make the Manchester United deal happen if they were serious.
“I didn’t want to speak to Jose (Mourinho) because, if I speak to him, I have the feeling somebody can easily manipulate me because I don’t want to offend anyone.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Tottenham were extremely desperate during that period and I am not surprised to hear this at all. However, the club managed to qualify for Europe in the end, despite the injury crisis, so it’s probably best that the Ighalo deal didn’t happen.
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