Barcelona youngster set to be awarded with highest release clause in football


The renewal of Ronald Araujo is only a matter of time since it’s been reported that the parties involved have finally settled on a middle ground.

As part of the new deal, the young defender will sign a contract until 2026 and Barça have decided to safeguard their prized asset by including a €1 billion release clause.

According to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, there’s satisfaction on both sides after talks were briefly stalled. There are reports that Barça’s first approach was a deal worth €5 million a year, which faced an outright rejection.

This is because the defender had offers worth double the amount from the English Premier League. However, since his heart was set on continuing at Camp Nou, he decided to work on a quick solution.

Araujo’s intention was never to churn a hefty deal, although he did want the club to value him by matching the figures of those who have recently renewed their contracts.

As quoted by MD, Barcelona had initially offered a five-year deal instead of a four, but the management has administered a common ground that has been rather feasible for everyone involved.

Araujo was signed by Ramon Planes in 2018 from Boston River for a fee reported to be around €1.7 million, plus €3.5 million in variables. While the initial idea was to sign the defender for Barcelona B, it didn’t take long for him to have a run-in in the first team.

Since 2018, Araujo has been working on a similar contract, making him one of the lowest-paid players in the first team. Given Barça’s troubling finances, the team did try to convince him to accept lower figures, but the player and his agent were only keen on an improved salary and a rising status.