Carlos Tevez's return to Boca Juniors should be sealed in the coming days, according to club vice-president Horacio Paolini.
The 33-year-old scored just four goals in 16 Chinese Super League (CSL) games, leading to speculation he would leave Shanghai.
"It should be resolved these days," he told TyC Sports.
"I am permanently with him. We live six blocks away, I saw him for the last time last week and we had a little barbecue.
"I am optimistic. I think that from here to Friday, it should be resolved."
A move back to Boca would mark his third stint at the club where he started his professional career.