First Manchester City, then United and now Chelsea. In the Premier League, they are very attentive to Ronald Araújo’s contractual situation with FC Barcelona and must “steal” the jewel of the culé defense if they have the opportunity. At Camp Nou, the alarms are already on and the formula will have to be found immediately to renew the charrúa agreement and avoid a bad surprise.
The two Manchester teams had warned before and, in fact, the “citizen” photo went a step further: Pep Guardiola recently reunited with one of the central auruguayo agents, Edmundo Kabchi, leaving a photograph that aroused everyone’s concern at Camp Nou. Then they went the ‘Network Devils’ those who showed interest and it is now Chelsea who must do their utmost to ensure that Araújo is the replacement for Antonio Rüdiger in case the latter abandons Stamford Bridge, as he aims.
According to information from the newspaper ‘SPORT’, the London club has already hadand the first concrete approach with the “jewel” of Barça, putting a very important economic offer on the negotiating table. They see him as the ideal replacement for Rüdiger, facing the uncertainty of whether he will renew or not. Araújo, with its youth and quality, has caught the attention of the ‘blues’, which can throw the house out the window for its traspaso.
It is worth remembering that Araújo’s deal with Barça wins in the summer of 2023 and that, for now, did not reach an agreement to extend it. The central is one of the worst paid staff (‘ACE’ desveló who earns 900,000 euros a year) and so he asked for a salary adjustment which was in line with the great importance he has for the team. He is aware that he will not earn the same as Lenglet or Hammered, but yes has asked to move up a step in the salary scale.
The image of Barcelona has initiated contacts for its renewal a few months ago, but remained on ‘stand by’ by the winter signing market. She intends to relaunch it immediately, alongside the Gavi file and that of Sergi Roberto. These are key topics for the Barcelona and already Xavi has demanded that he solve his situation, in particular that of the Uruguayan.
Araújo, a priority for Barça
“It’s a priority. Ronald gives us a lot and is very happy with his performance. We will see if the directive addresses the postures with him and with his agent”, Xavi Hernández said in the press room in the precedent of Barça’s party against Athletic. The egarense coach is aware that Araújo is his most reliable defender, ahead of Gerard Hammered or Eric García and who, in addition, is a player capable of going also from the sides and who occasionally shows his soul of ‘ 9’ save to his (arrived in Granada or Seville).
That way, it’s unlikely that Barca will let out a player who imposes himself and who supposes an essential piece for the team in the short and long term. To let go, when there is so much defensive fragility, it would be madness that the Barcelona entity does not have to do.