Edinson Cavani is wanted by Argentina giants River Plate.
The Manchester United hitman, who turns 35 next month, will be out if contract in the summer – and River Plate view him as a replacement for their Man City-bound striker Julian Alvarez.
A two-year deal is on the table for Cavani ahead of him becoming a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Uruguayan international had been hoping to get away in the current window – with both Juventus and Barcelona keen to take him on loan for the rest of the campaign.
But that interest was immediately blocked by the United hierarchy on the orders of interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
The German coach does not consider the ex-PSG and Napoli forward surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Quite the opposite. He sees him as essential impact player off the bench as a well as a decent alternative up front when wanting to rest Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ironically, City’s imminent capture of River Plate hotshot Alvarez, 21, has opened the door for Cavani to finish his prolific career in South America.
The Premier League champions expect to secure the deal before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.
They then plan to loan the Argentina international back to the champions River Plate until later in the year.
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Fellow South American side Corinthians had previously tried to lure Cavani to Brazil, though were unsuccessful.
Corinthians president Duilio Monteiro Alves said: “I have to look for the best in the world. I may not be able to, but I will try.
“I admitted that I went after Cavani and became a laughing stock. I said that I went after Neymar and became a laughing stock.
“Corinthians is much bigger than these guys. My obligation is to go after the best. Who thought Willian would be here?”