Edinson Cavani has been told it would benefit his national team if he was to leave Manchester United for Boca Juniors.
Cavani joined Man Utd as a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020. He was seen as the right profile to add experience in attack at Old Trafford. But while he has done fairly well so far, not everything has gone to plan.
The Uruguay international has recently been linked with an early exit from United. His contract only runs until this summer anyway, so he may not extend it.
In that event, one of the main options for the 34-year-old would be to return to South America. Boca Juniors are major admirers and are trying to sign him.
Cavani’s father has hinted that a return to his home continent is on the cards. Reports earlier this month then went on to claim he had a verbal agreement in place with the Argentine side.
But Cavani remains a United player for now, and will be looking to add to his seven goals for them so far. Beyond this season, though, he has been issued fresh advice to seek an exit.
Uruguay assistant coach Mario Rebollo has urged Cavani to find somewhere he is more “comfortable” – which may well be back in South America.
“It helps the national team if Cavani goes to Boca or wherever,” Rebollo told 2 De Punta.
“The priority is that he plays where he is comfortable and with a good competitive level.
“If he’s close to here it’d be great, but if he’s not comfortable he would not bear it much.
“It would be good for us if Cavani plays where he feels most comfortable. It makes no difference to me if it’s Boca or another place, where he’s better.
“We have to have him with rhythm and competition.”
Solskjaer confirms Cavani talks
There is still a chance that Cavani could stay in the Premier League, as United have an option to extend his contract by a further year.
At a recent press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the club are in talks with the striker over his future.
“We’re speaking to Edi,” the manager said. “Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see. We’re in good dialogue with him.
“We want a competitive squad and we need someone up there to score the goals for us.
“So we’re looking at it.”