Argentinian return?

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ELIAN Parrino could be offered the chance to re-join Sheffield United, The Star can reveal.

The Estudiantes defender, who impressed during a seven month spell at Bramall Lane last season, is understood to have received permission to discuss a move to England following talks between the clubs. Senior figures in South America, where Parrino has spent the summer recuperating from injury, last night suggested the Argentine is scheduled to meet with United manager Danny Wilson about the possibility of returning to South Yorkshire.

The development, which follows yesterday’s announcement that Matthew Lowton has agreed a new contract, marks the latest phase of Wilson’s team-building efforts.

“There is a chance that Elian will go back” a source confirmed. “He enjoyed himself there and would be happy to come back. It improved him as a player and as a person. Going to a new country, where he couldn’t communicate and didn’t know anybody made him mature quickly. Elian is looking forward to playing there again should the opportunity arise. He made a lot of friends.”

Although it remains unclear whether Parrino will be granted his wish, he has enrolled on an English language course before starting his treatment in La Plata. United, who lost their pre-season game against Doncaster Rovers 1-0 last night, have forged a strong relationship with Estudiantes since playing them last year. Despite their relegation from the Championship, Parrino has expressed a desire to stay with United next term.