Edinson Cavani in advanced talks with Boca Juniors as Manchester United exit nears

Edinson Cavani is in ‘advanced talks’ with Boca Juniors as his Manchester United exit nears, reports The Mirror.

Cavani will become a free agent at the end of the current season when his contract expires.

Boca tried to sign Cavani a year ago, before he was convinced to sign a one-year extension with United, amid pleas from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and supporters.

Marca reported in December that Boca were ‘attentively’ waiting for Cavani’s contract to expire. Now they seem likely to get their man.

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Cavani held talks with Boca Juniors last year, as he was entitled to do amid his expiring contract, before he elected to stay at United.

Former Colombia defender Jorge Bermudez is part of Boca’s football council, who run their transfer business, and he spoke last summer about the talks Cavani held with vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme.

Bermudez told ESPN quoted by Marca: “Cavani explained to our vice president (Riquelme) ‘I want to play in Boca and feel what it is to score a goal in La Bombonera. No matter how much I am paid, I want to feel it before I retire.’ We will be waiting for him.”

He will leave without playing a single minute of five derby matches against City, which sums up how unreliable he has been.

Cavani has also failed to score in front of a full Old Trafford, netting just two goals all season, away at Tottenham and Newcastle.

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His second season has been an immense disappointment, and while The Mirror report he was disgruntled by Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, his perceived lack of commitment and injury issues suggests the deal to re-sign the legendary star was a wise move.

Ronaldo has 23 goals to Cavani’s two. The Uruguayan arrived late back at United in the summer after an extended stay in his homeland, which could have even played a part in United’s decision to re-sign the more reliable Ronaldo.

Cavani struck 17 goals last season for United, but this year, it has not worked out. His priority now is a last World Cup appearance with Uruguay, and being stationed in South America with Argentine club Boca, will surely suit him.

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