Five English sides including Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham have all made their moves for Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo who could soon be in limbo, per a report.
Barcelona’s financial strife has been well documented in recent years and the effects are still being felt. Indeed, there’s growing concern midfield superstar Gavi could leave as a free agent this summer despite being under contract until 2026.
The issue stems in LaLiga refusing to ratify the contract Gavi signed backed in September. As such, Gavi is still technically tied down to his previous deal that expires at season’s end. Liverpool have shown interest in Gavi, while links to Chelsea are gathering pace.
It’s a similar story for Uruguay international, Ronald Araujo. The 24-year-old centre-half should be under contract until 2026 after signing his most recent extension in April of 2022.
However, the newest deal is yet to be registered with LaLiga and Araujo’s old contract runs out this summer.
Barcelona’s inability to resolve the situation is understood to be ‘upsetting’ the player, according to 90min.
Araujo has become arguably Barcelona’s best defender under Xavi. He’s played a major role in the Catalonians remarkably conceding just nine goals in LaLiga this term. For context, Atletico Madrid have shipped 21 goals and Real Madrid 24.
But in lieu of the contract debacle, 90min report his representatives have begun entertaining enquiries from the laundry list of clubs seeking to pounce.
The report adds those that have already lodged enquiries include Man Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City and Newcastle. From further afield, Juventus, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are keeping tabs on the situation.
But while uncertainty is pervading Araujo’s future, 90min add Barcelona are ‘not worried’ about the prospect of losing Araujo at season’s end.
The Spanish giant are understood to be confident of ironing out both Gavi and Araujo’s contracts with LaLiga and don’t expect either player to leave this summer.
If their confidence is misplaced, there’s certainly not a shortage of suitors who’ll gladly take both players off their hands.