Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has indicated the club are keen to take Wilfried Zaha back to Selhurst Park but will only pursue a move once Manchester United have made a final decision on the player.
United manager Louis van Gaal suggested during the club's pre-season tour of the US that Zaha had yet to convince him he is deserving of a role in the first-team squad.
The winger made just two appearances for United during the first half of last season before joining Cardiff City on loan where his contribution was limited as the club were relegated.
Van Gaal's penchant for playing a 3-5-2 formation without the use of orthodox wingers has cast further doubt on Zaha's future at Old Trafford but Crystal Palace, his former club, remains a possible option for the 21-year-old.
The south-east London club have frequently been linked with a reunion with Zaha, who played an integral role in their promotion from the Championship and Parish admits the club will always have a place for him.
However, he insists they will wait to learn of United's plans before making any move.
"Manchester United are not quite sure what they are doing with him so out of respect for them, it is not for me to talk about that," Parish told Sky Sports News HQ when asked of Zaha's future.
"I am sure that if he can, he will try to be a permanent fixture at Manchester United this season. It is up to the manager, the players we sign. It is not up to me. I'm there to help him get the squad he wants.
"There is a sentimental value and I loved Wilf as a kid and he did sensational things for us. I know the fans would like him back and that will play a part, but in the end the manager will decide what we do."
Palace manager Tony Pulis has made two additions to his squad at either end of the pitch this summer, signing Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff City and recruiting imposing centre-half Brede Hangeland from Fulham.
Parish is hoping the club can confirm two more arrivals before the Premier League campaign begins against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.
"We're looking at a Premier League midfielder. It's someone we are interested in and if we can get the right deal, we'll try to do it," he said.
"Hopefully the other player will be here in the next couple of days and that shouldn't be the end of it, although it will be as much as we can do before the Arsenal game."