Edinson Cavani is ‘closer than ever’ to completing a dream transfer from Manchester United to Boca Juniors.
The veteran striker joined the Premier League giants during the summer window from Paris Saint-Germain following the expiration of his contract.
Cavani signed a 12-month deal and although he has proved a valuable asset, it appears unlikely that either party will move to trigger the option to extend his stay by a further year.
The 34-year-old, who has scored seven times this season, is keen on returning to his native South America and Boca’s club president, Juan Roman Riquelme, is overseeing the deal, personally.
‘He has the option to continue in Manchester, where he feels very welcome, but the option to return to South America at this point is very real,’ a source close to the deal told ESPN. Those close to him think that ‘he ultimately will be the one making the decision” and that “it seems he has it [decision] all very clear.’
Should United, who are on the verge of reaching the Europa League semi finals after last night’s 2-0 win over Granada, opt against retaining Cavani, they will be forced to pay the player £2million.
United had been keen to wait until the end of the season before making a final decision, but Cavani’s ongoing fitness issues were reportedly becoming a source of frustration for a side heavily reliant on the already overworked Marcus Rashford.
Cavani had given thought to remaining in Europe in a bid to enhance his chances of earning a place in Uruguay’s 2022 World Cup squad, but the lure of South America is likely to prove too tempting.
Although he has regularly stated his contentment at Old Trafford, Cavani is understood to have been disappointined with the ramifications of a social media post, in which he used the word negrito, which culminated in a three-game suspension.
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