MANCHESTER UNITED striker Edinson Cavani has reportedly turned down a move to Argentine side Boca Juniors in favour of a switch to Barcelona.
Cavani has been linked with Barcelona in the past, and the Spaniards remain the 34-year-old’s first choice destination in January.
The Manchester United man has been in contact with Boca Juniors chiefs and informed them of his decision to join Barcelona, according to Argentine outlet TyC Sports.
Barca are in need of another striker after Sergio Aguero was forced to emotionally retire due to heart problems.
And Cavani is the man lined up to replace Aguero at the Nou Camp.
The Uruguayan, capped 126 times by his country, has stated his desire to continue testing himself at the top level.
Cavani’s contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer after he signed a one-year extension at the end of last season.
But he could well be on his way as early as January.
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Cavani has struggled with injury this season, starting just twice in the Premier League this campaign.
His lack of action has led to rumours linking him with an exit.
Italian giants Juventus, as well as Corinthians, have been credited with an interest in the striker.
New interim boss Ralf Rangnick is thought to prefer Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his frontmen.
That could be the signal for Cavani to make way, and he will not wait around for his contract to expire in the summer.