No official announcement is expected from the Tigers just yet even if they are to be Burns' new employers but Gloucester have decided to go public and announce that the 23-year-old will be moving on in the summer.
"Despite lengthy dialogue, we have decided to part company," said Gloucester's director of rugby, Nigel Davies. "Therefore, we feel that it is important to clarify the situation. Doubtless, a statement on Freddie's future club will be made in due course. However, in terms of Gloucester Rugby, we know where we stand and we will move forward accordingly.
"Freddie has made a tremendous contribution to Gloucester Rugby and, when he does leave us at the end of the season, everyone at the Club will wish him well. Until that time, however, I know that Freddie will be fully committed to Gloucester Rugby and that he will be determined to help us be as successful as possible this season."
Burns has been with Gloucester since the start of his career, having joined from the Bath Academy, and made his senior debut in pre-season five years ago. He was the leading points scorer in the Aviva Premiership last season and has played 24 European games for the club, including four of their five Heineken Cup fixtures in the current campaign.
If Leicester is confirmed as Burns' destination, he will be replacing fellow England playmaker Toby Flood who is set for a move to the Top 14 in July. He is keen to bow out on life with Gloucester on a high, though, starting with this weekend's Pool 6 tie at the Stade Aime Giral, where victory could see the Cherry and Whites jump above Edinburgh into second place in the standings.
"I've had a lot of things to consider regarding my future in recent months, and it's not been easy. But I'm still a Gloucester player and will be giving it 100%, as I always have done, whenever I pull on the shirt," said Burns.
"Gloucester have been incredibly supportive, they have been ever since I first joined the club. I have so many people to be grateful to. Whatever happens in the future, it all started here for me and I'll always be thankful for that."