Manchester United will hold talks with Edinson Cavani over his future amid claims the Uruguay star wants to leave Old Trafford for Boca Juniors.
Reports in South America on Monday said Cavani has decided to join the Argentine club on a three-year contract and take a pay cut rather than extend his current deal at United.
The 34-year-old striker signed a short-term contract until the end of the season worth £9million when he arrived at Old Trafford as a free agent on deadline day in October.
Edinson Cavani has decided to leave Manchester United this summer, according to Ole
It has the option of a 12-month extension which has to be agreed by both parties, and United were planning talks with Cavani and Walter Guglielmone, his agent and brother, before Monday’s developments.
The club are said to be keen to keep the former Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli player next season, but Cavani has yet to commit and is understood to want assurances over his role.
Speaking last month, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘I can only say Edinson has done well. We’ll sit down and speak with him in the near future to see his plans and our plans.’
Cavani fails to get on the end of a cross during United’s draw with Crystal Palace last week
Cavani’s departure could leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short of attacking options
Cavani has scored seven goals in 25 appearances for United but missed a number of games.
He didn’t make his debut for nearly three weeks after joining the club and has been absent for five of the last six matches due to muscle injuries.
Cavani was also banned for three games in January and fined £100,000 for using the word ‘negrito’ in a social media post.
The episode is said to have left him feeling that he was unfairly treated by the FA.
The Uruguayan is friends with Boca president Juan Roman Riquelme and revealed in October that they have spoken about a move to the Argentine club this summer.
Cavani scores with his head against Everton, one of seven goals since arriving at Old Trafford
Cavani has impressed since joining United as shown by his statistics (provided by SofaScore)
‘Boca is a giant of the world, any player would love to play for them,’ said Cavani.
‘There are some secrets from the talk with Roman, you have to ask him if he wants to tell them. We will see what happens in the future.’
Cavani remains a doubt for United’s Europa League tie against AC Milan on Thursday, and Marcus Rashford is also struggling to be fit after sustaining an ankle injury in the win over Manchester City.
It’s understood Rashford has not damaged ligaments but suffered heavy swelling around the joint.