In the negotiations for a new contract, the financial ideas between FC Barcelona and Ronald Araujo seem to be far apart. Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Manchester United are said to have already had an eye on the Uruguayan.
After FC Barcelona recently renewed their contracts with Pedri and Ansu Fati, Gavi, Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembélé and Ronald Araujo are due to sign new working papers with the Catalans. While the signs for an extension are good for the first three, things could get more complicated with the Uruguayan.
Araujo’s claims against Barça “higher than expected”
Because like the news portal ESPN reported, FC Barcelona “after the first talks [mit Araujos Agenten] understood that the Uruguayan’s financial demands are higher than expected ”.
The reason for this is the interest from the Premier League, where some wealthy clubs are said to have the central defender in their sights. This should weaken the position of the financially troubled FC Barcelona in the negotiations with Araujo.
Is Barça threatening a case with Araujo like Ilaix Moriba?
Araujo’s contract runs until the end of June 2023, which forces Barça to act soon. Because how ESPN further reported, “Barça hopes to meet with Araujo’s agents shortly to clarify the situation and prevent the player from starting the season with only one year left on his contract in the summer”.
If Araujos is not renewed, it could even be sold in the summer in the next few months. Because Barça is not prepared to pay their young players disproportionately high and then rather sell them before the end of the contract than let them go later for free, was seen in the case of Ilaix Moriba last summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United interested – Liverpool in pole position?
The report of ESPN According to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are said to have their eyes on the 22-year-old international. The Reds have often sent people to Barcelona to get closer to Araujo.
Barça are well “aware that they cannot keep up with the financial possibilities of the big Premier League clubs”. Should FC Barcelona and Ronald Araujo’s camp not approach each other in the upcoming contract talks, the big English clubs will probably begin to reach out to the Uruguayan more intensely.