Manchester United face losing Odion Ighalo when his loan deal expires at the end of the month.
The striker’s deal from Shanghai Shenhua ends on May 31 and the Chinese Super League club have been reluctant to extend it.
United are keen to keep him for the rest of the season, with the Premier League intending to resume next month.
While the deal is not completely dead, Shanghai have not been open to agreeing a new one, with their season due to start in June after it was delayed from February due to coronavirus.
Ighalo scored 4 goals in 3 starts and made 8 appearances in total since he was drafted in during the January transfer window.