SHEFFIELD United will ask Elian Parrino’s parent club Estudiantes for a clause granting them first option on his signature should the Argentine defender return to Bramall Lane.
Parrino, who made nine appearances on loan for United last season, is exploring the possibility of a second spell at the South Yorkshire club after recovering from injury.
If the deal being discussed is ratified, it is understood that Parrino will rejoin United on a temporary basis in an effort to win a permanent contract with Danny Wilson’s side at the end of the forthcoming League One campaign.
Wilson, who was appointed manager in May, will make a final decision on Parrino’s future after assessing the options already at his disposal.
United begin life in the third tier of English football when they travel to Oldham Athletic tomorrow.
Paul Dickov, Wilson’s counterpart at Boundary Park, believes former Northern Ireland star Wilson can help his employers regain the Championship status they surrendered in disappointing fashion earlier this year.
“Sheffield United will bring a lot of fans over and hopefully we will have a lot too,” said Dickov.
“They are one of the favourites to go straight back up and rightly so. Danny is a fantastic manager and I’m sure he will have his players right up for the game.
“You have to play everyone at some point so why not face the biggest sides right at the very start?”
Dickov added: “When we are at our strongest and fittest we are a match for anyone.
“Size-wise our squad isn’t the biggest but it is stronger this year, which should show.”