It means the France international could be forced to sit it out at Old Trafford unless the club’s hierarchy lower to their valuation a year after pricing him out of a move to Real Madrid.
No one came close to coming up with a suitable offer last summer, with Real’s bid of cash plus James Rodriguez dismissed out of hand.
His marketability has hardly been improved after making just five Premier League starts this term due to ankle and foot injuries.
And the situation could be further complicated by the fall-out from the coronavirus and the potential cost of millions of pounds to clubs around Europe as a result of games being postponed and the possibility of the remainder of the season being played behind closed doors or cancelled altogether.
It seems certain United will have to lower their expectations – but they would be loath to countenance any deal that saw them make a loss on their £89m record signing.