Manchester United have been urged to allow Edinson Cavani to leave the club by former captain Roy Keane.
Cavani has been one of United's standout players since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season, boasting a return of 12 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions to date for the campaign.
However, it appears that the Uruguay international's stay at Old Trafford could be short-lived amid speculation linking him with a return to South America, where Argentine giants Boca Juniors have been credited with an interest in his services.
Former Red Devils captain Keane has now weighed in on the situation surrounding Cavani's future, sharing his view that the club should offload the veteran striker in order to make way for new signings next season.
"I kind of hope that they don't keep him, because then they might look and think 'we don't need to go and get another,'" Keane said, per Goal. "He's 34, if you're hanging your hat on Cavani next year to getting United back to winning league titles, forget about it.
"He'll be a back-up striker and he won't want to be a back-up striker, so that's why he'll be reluctant to sign a new contract and there's obviously family reasons behind it."
The former Republic of Ireland international's comments follow after United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was hoping to extend Cavani's stay in Manchester for another season.
"He was out for seven months and he'd not been playing football for a long, long time before he came to us," the Norwegian said last week, per Manchester Evening News. "He's had his couple of injuries and he's now worked really hard to get back fit and he shows his qualities.
"He knows my feelings. He knows that I'd love to him for another year. We have spoken about it. I understand this year has been very difficult but I've promised him that Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place with our fans in the stadium.
"He must try to get that feeling, to be on our side. Manchester is a fantastic place to live. I'm doing my best so let's see. Of course, after nights like this, hopefully, we can get to the final and hopefully he can see himself being here for another year."
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