Edinson Cavani has reached a verbal agreement to join Boca Juniors from Man United this summer, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The legendary striker, 34, is out of contract at the Premier League giants at the end of the season.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Cavani has held extensive talks about joining Boca with their vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme and a deal has now been agreed in principle.
There is still some work to be done, but there is little prospect of the Uruguay international extending his United contract.
Cavani has told Riquelme he will join Boca if everything can be finalised satisfactorily.
His father Luis revealed to Argentinian broadcaster TYC Sports last week Cavani is unsettled at Old Trafford and “leaning towards” Boca with a “60 per cent” chance he will return to South America.
The source explained that further progress has been made in the past seven days and Boca are confident of signing him.
Manager Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken warmly of Cavani’s contribution and said the club would like to convince him to stay.
The striker joined United on a one-year deal last October and has made a big impact despite struggling for game time.
He has scored seven goals from 25 appearances in all competitions – including six Premier League strikes – but only 13 of those matches have been in the starting XI.
He was named in United’s 21-man squad for the Europa League clash against AC Milan on Thursday night, but was then pulled out of the squad after suffering a reaction to a recent injury.
The forward has seven of United’s last eight games as he battles fitness issues.