Edinson Cavani joins Boca Juniors on free transfer

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has joined Argentine club, Boca Juniors following the termination of his contract with La Liga side Valencia.

The Uruguay international’s stay at the Mestalla lasted just one season in which he scored seven goals in 28 appearances. Cavani who signed a two-year contract at Valencia, reportedly paid £1.3 million of his own money to terminate his contract with the La Liga club.

Edinson Cavani joins Boca Juniors on free transfer
Edinson Cavani arrives for a training session. Source: Getty

36-year-old Cavani has now moved on from that sign an 18-month contract with Boca Juniors, who are now requesting additional time from the Argentine FA to register the forward for the Copa Libertadores round of 16.

“Happy to have you home,” the Buenos Aires-based club wrote on X social media, formerly known as Twitter, along with a video welcoming the much-travelled player.

One of his main objectives will be the Copa Libertadores, a tournament that Boca have not won since 2007 and, if they win it again, they will be the joint top winners of the tournament with Independiente with seven titles each.

Cavani, who began his career with Uruguay’s Danubio, moved to Europe in 2007 when he joined Palermo. After four seasons he switched to Napoli, where he scored 104 goals in 138 games and won the Coppa Italia.

In 2013, he signed for Paris Saint-Germain, where he played for seven years, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer – a record he held until last season when French forward Kylian Mbappe surpassed him by scoring 212 goals in all competitions.

Edinson Cavani joins Boca Juniors on free transfer
Edinson Cavani in Valencia jersey. Source: Getty

He won six Ligue 1 titles, five French Cups and six League Cups in Paris plus a runners-up medal in the Champions League.

Cavani joined Manchester United in 2020 before moving to Valencia on a free transfer two years later. The Spanish club agreed earlier on Saturday to mutually terminate the striker’s contract, which was due to expire next year.

Cavani has made 136 appearances and netted 58 goals for Uruguay to become its second-top scorer behind Luis Suarez. He helped his country win the 2011 Copa America title.