Barcelona face difficulties in Ronald Araujo’s contract negotiations

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Barcelona may have a hard time agreeing on a renewal of their contract with new defensive star Ronald Araujo, at least in part due to interest in the 22-year-old from Premier League clubs.

Araujo came to Barcelona B from the Uruguayan club Boston River 2018 and took the permanent step up to the first team under difficult circumstances last season. He has remained an important player when he is in shape, although his ability and potential have apparently not gone unnoticed.

Araujo only has one contract until the end of next season, which puts Barcelona in a somewhat awkward position and ensures that there is a certain urgency to arrange a renewal.

ESPN reports that although it was recently easy to tie fantastic teenagers Ansu Fati and Pedri to new contracts, it may be more difficult with Araujo.

It is said that Barcelona want to offer a new five-year contract, but the club has learned from early talks so far that the player’s salary demands are higher than they expected. It can be a problem when Barça’s finances are in a delicate state and Premier League teams can offer more.

The fear is a repetition of the Ilaix Moriba saga when the youngster refused to sign a new contract last summer, which forced the club to sell him to RB Leipzig to avoid missing out on a transfer fee.

Liverpool are described as “closely following” every development, and are even believed to be sending representatives to Barcelona to contact the player’s camp. The Reds suffered a midfield crisis last season, while Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip will both be 31 before 2022/23 begins.

Chelsea may also be looking for midfielders during the summer, with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta all out of contract in June.

Manchester United, despite the acquisition of Raphael Varane this year, is also suggested to have received positive feedback on Araujo from scouts. There are some uncertainties at Old Trafford regarding the future of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones.

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