Ronald Araujo has made a name for himself in recent months. The 22-year-old has been Barcelona’s best defender this season and has emerged as a full-back at Camp Nou.
Having arrived from Boston River in 2018 on a deal worth only 1.7 million euros, he is still an important member of Xavi Hernandez’s party. However, Uruguayan sees his current contract with the Catalan giants expiring in eighteen months. It has led to speculation about his future with the team.
According to the Marca reports that Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are determined to do well in the situation and sign Araujo in the summer transfer window later this year.
Manchester United stepped up their defense last summer with the signing of Raphael Varane’s tent. However, things have not improved for the Red Devils and Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are no longer the same as before.
In addition, Eric Bailly is linked to the exit. Given the situation, they are looking to strengthen the defense further, by signing Ronald Araujo.
Chelsea, on the other hand, needs to be strengthened at the back as Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger expire on a summer contract. They are all linked with a move to Barcelona, which is surprising as the Blues now plan to invade the Catalans to replace the outgoing defenders with Araujo.
Blaugrana is keen to negotiate a new contract with Uruguayan, while the defender is keen to sign an extension and extend his stay at Camp Nou. However, he wants a salary increase that reflects his growth in the team.
Negotiations about the extension could resume once the January window is out. Despite growing interest in him, Araujo is expected to sign a new contract and stay with Barça.