Manchester United are yet to decide if they will allow England prospect Dean Henderson to extend his loan spell at Sheffield United.
In a scenario which looked impossible at the start of the season, both Uniteds are rivals in the race for a Champions League spot and a potential £60m prize pot.
Henderson has enjoyed a magnificent season, keeping ten clean sheets and earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s full England squad.
With discussions continuing over a return to Premier League action next month, officials at Bramall Lane are keen to learn if Henderson’s year-long loan can be extended beyond June 30 when it runs out.
Across the Pennines, Manchester United have stalled on a decision to date, until a revised calendar of fixtures is agreed.
With so much at stake, pressure may mount on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stop such a pivotal member of the Blades squad from staying longer than has been agreed.
According to The Sun, Premier League shareholders discussed the potential of extending loans beyond June at their meeting last Friday, insisting a player and both clubs involved would have to be in agreement before any loan could be extended.
If games recommence in mid-June, the 23-year old could potentially play around half of the Blades’ league games before his loan ended. One game, however, he will definitely miss is the Blades’ trip to Old Trafford – for which he is ineligible.