Barcelona could discover it troublesome to agree a contract renewal with rising defensive star Ronald Araujo, at the least partly due to curiosity within the 22-year-old from Premier League golf equipment.
Araujo joined Barcelona B from Uruguayan membership Boston River in 2018 and made the everlasting step as much as the first-team in troublesome circumstances final season. He has remained an vital participant when match, though his capacity and potential seemingly haven’t gone unnoticed.
Araujo solely has a contract till the top of subsequent season, which places Barcelona in a barely awkward place and ensures that arranging a renewal carries a level of urgency.
ESPN studies that whereas tying prodigious youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri to new contracts just lately was simple, it might be harder with Araujo.
It’s mentioned Barcelona need to supply a brand new five-year deal, however the membership has realized from early talks thus far that the participant’s wage calls for are larger than they anticipated. That might turn into an issue when Barça’s funds are in a fragile state and Premier League sides can supply extra.
The worry is a repeat of the Ilaix Moriba saga when the teen refused to signal a brand new contract final summer season, forcing the membership to promote him to RB Leipzig to keep away from lacking out on a switch payment.
Liverpool are described as ‘intently following’ any developments, supposedly even sending representatives to Barcelona to the touch base with the participant’s camp. The Reds suffered a centre-back disaster final season, whereas Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip will each be 31 earlier than 2022/23 begins.
Chelsea may be looking out for centre-backs in the summertime, with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta all out of the contract in June.
Even Manchester United, regardless of the acquisition of Raphael Varane this 12 months, are hinted to have been given constructive suggestions on Araujo by scouts. There are some uncertainties at Outdated Trafford relating to the futures of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones.