Manchester United’s pursuit of Ronald Araujo has come to a point that the English Premier League side is now willing to pay a high transfer fee for the Uruguayan and is also looking to offer him lucrative figures as part of the contract.
As reported by Spanish publication SPORT, Araujo has already rejected two renewal offers from Barcelona. The first one was made in the month of January, with the Catalan management putting a €3 million-per-season salary on the table.
The second was made in February with a substantial rise, but as mentioned earlier, he wants to be in the line of those who have recently renewed their deals with the club.
It’s no secret that Araujo wants to continue playing in Barcelona. If it was for money, he would have easily accepted offers from United or even Paris Saint-Germain. But he is grateful for the opportunity Barcelona gave him in the early part of his career.
The Uruguayan knows he is an undisputed figure in the defence, and while he is certainly not demanding a multi-million deal, he is looking to get within the range of the likes of Pedri and Ansu Fati since his role in the first team is equally important.
For Barcelona, they are expected to continue the renewal talks in the last week of March when the league goes on a short-term break. Since there is no definitive agreement as of today, the team management wants to settle the deal before it reaches the boiling point, like with Ousmane Dembele.
The relationship between Araujo’s representatives and Barcelona has never been any better. Although the verbal agreement of his willingness to continue is right there, it’s only about the figures on the contract. And in all fairness, Barcelona will have to bow down to the demand as Manchester United are waiting to pry.
United are actively pursuing a new central defender and Araujo is one of the names on the agenda. For him, they are willing to pay a transfer fee and are ready to offer a high salary as well
Hence, if Barcelona propose a renewed renewal deal, it’s only guaranteed that he will continue at Camp Nou.