Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is said to be 'closer than ever' to joining Boca Juniors on a free transfer this summer.
The 34-year-old wasn't the new number seven fans had expected, but he has been a valuable player since his arrival on a free transfer. He's scored seven times despite starting just 15 games in all competitions, and added some depth to an otherwise thin forward line.
He's struggled with injury throughout his time at Old Trafford, however, recently missing both legs with AC Milan due to a niggling problem, and both the club and the player are yet to make up their minds on whether he will stay in Manchester for a second season.
While his initial deal expires in June, Cavani's contract contains an optional second year. From United's perspective, though, it's not really that optional: if they decide not to trigger it, they will owe the player a termination fee worth around £1.75m…just over two months' salary.
Should the player decide against staying in England, though, he can walk away for free. And that's where Boca Juniors enter the fray.
The Uruguayan has long been linked with a return to South America and his father recently poured fuel on the fire when he claimed his son 'isn't comfortable' in England and has had 'many conversations' with Riquelme, Boca's vice president, about a move to Argentina.
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And ESPN are now reporting that a deal is 'closer than ever.' They cite sources close to the player in saying that negotiations are advancing between Riquelme and Cavani, and the option of a move is becoming 'very real.'
That's in direct contradiction to what the same outlet reported in response to his father's claims last month. Then, they claimed there had been 'no negotiations' between Cavani and Boca, and that he was still some way from deciding where his future lies.
In any case, the overall feeling is that no actual decision will be made by either Cavani or United until the season is concluded. But a stay shouldn't be ruled out altogether; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still values the experience of the striker and may yet push to keep him at the club for 2021/22.