Schalke chief Jochen Schneider admits the chance of signing permanently Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo is becoming remote.
Todibo joined S04 on-loan in January and has made an immediate positive impact.
Schalke were eager to buy him outright, with a €25m option available, though the coronavirus suspension has forced a rethink to their spending plans.
"You don't have to be a prophet to say that the likelihood has decreased due to the current crisis situation," said Schneider.
Instead, a new loan arrangement is set to be discussed.
Schneider added: “It is important that FC Barcelona's plans are considered also."