Manchester United appear to have the option to permanently offload Nick Powell, with reports suggesting that Wigan Athletic are willing to buy the English starlet.
This is according to The Daily Mail, who claim that the Championship promotion hopefuls - who secured their place in the play-offs with a resounding win over struggling Birmingham on Tuesday night - have already opened talks with the Red Devils regarding taking Powell again for next season, with manager Uwe Rosler keen for him to stay and willing to have him for good.
It is not clear at this stage whether or not Manchester United would be willing to sell Powell, or rather if they wish to keep the player but allow him to continue to reap the obvious benefits of regular first-team football at the DW Stadium.
20-year-old Powell initially joined Manchester United from Crewe Alexandra during the summer of 2012, with the England U21 international having caught the eye with a series of wonderful attacking displays that helped his hometown club to win promotion from League Two.
Having marked his Premier League bow with a goal against Wigan at Old Trafford just a few weeks after his arrival, Powell found further regular first-team opportunities almost impossible to come by and he eventually joined the Latics on a season-long loan deal last September.
Powell appears to have made a success of such a switch, too, having made 31 appearances for Wigan so far this season.
While it is certainly not a surprise to learn that Rosler would be keen to make the deal permanent, it appears that Wigan could well face significant competition for Powell's signature, with Scottish champions Celtic, Everton and Swansea all credited with an interest in the £4 million-rated midfielder.