Manchester United have been handed a hugely disappointing update over the future of striker Edinson Cavani.
Out of contract at the end of the season, there were suggestions that the Uruguayan was not all that convinced of staying in Manchester, with Boca Juniors reportedly interested in signing him on a free transfer.
That certainly seems to have come to fruition, with reports from Argentinian outlet Depo suggesting that the striker has requested to leave the Red Devils in the summer, news which will hugely disappoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Since arriving at Old Trafford from Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani has been one of the Red Devils’ most productive players. He has struck ten goals in all competitions, bettered only by Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in the United squad this term.
The majority of those have come in the Premier League with Cavani having found the net in each of his last two games against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley.
His performances have also drawn plenty of praise, with United boss Solskjaer labelling Cavani as “top-class” in his short time with the club so far.
It goes without saying that the Norwegian will be disappointed to lose a player of such quality, especially with the Red Devils all but set to return to the Champions League next season – a competition in which the Uruguayan is hugely experienced.
His departure could also have huge impacts on Manchester United in the transfer market.
Should Cavani have stayed, it would have allayed their need to recruit a striker in the window. However, to compensate for his loss, the Red Devils are surely going to have to fork out a considerable amount to find an equal replacement for the 34-year-old unless they once again turn to the free agent market.
His request to leave the club will surely be a crushing blow for Solskjaer and Manchester United fans alike.