Edinson Cavani is said to have rejected a move to Boca Juniors as he continues to favour a switch to Barcelona.
The Uruguay international has been praised in parts for his contribution at Manchester United since signing in 2020, but persistent injury problems have affected his availability and he is now thought to be close to an exit in January.
According to TYC Sports, current Primera Division champions Boca – who are 13 points behind this year’s league leaders River Plate – have been rejected in part to due Cavani’s desire to continue playing in Europe’s elite competitions.
Should he leave Manchester for Barça, he would be joining a Catalan side horrendously off the pace in the La Liga title race. Xavi’s side are currently eighth in Spain’s top flight, 18 points behind current leaders Real Madrid, and face a massive fight to qualify for the Champions League.
They exited Europe’s elite club competition at the group stage this season, with defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica seeing them finish third, instead dropping into the Europa League. In that competition, Barça will face Napoli in the knockout round playoffs for a spot in the last 16.
In other Barça transfer news, the club are closing in on Ferran Torres with Manchester City ready to sanction the Spain international’s departure in January. The 21-year-old wants to become part of Xavi’s new era at Camp Nou and has made it clear to Pep Guardiola that he would like to leave the Etihad Stadium.
Barcelona have also been linked with moves for Alexis Sanchez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in recent weeks.