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Man Utd have offer on the table for Ronald Araujo

Manchester United could make an approach to sign Ronald Araujo amid the uncertainty over his contract situation at Barcelona, Spanish publication Sport reports.

The Uruguayan has emerged as a key player for Barcelona at the heart of the defence, but there is uncertainty over his future with his contract expiring in June 2023.

The Blaugrana proposed an annual salary of €3 million earlier this season, but it was snubbed by centre-back. He is eyeing a similar package to Pedri, who earns nearly €9.4m-per-year.

The Catalan giants have yet to meet his requirements. Amidst this, it is reported that he has ‘an offer on the table’ from United, who are willing to sign him this summer or as a free agent next year. Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping tabs.

Our view:

Araujo has built his reputation at Barcelona over the past few years. He has impressed in La Liga this term, completing 90 percent of his passes while winning two aerial duels and two clearances per game.

The 23-year-old is not considered as a tough tackler, but has made up for the same by taking up good positions in his own box to nullify the attacking threat from the opposition.

United have been closely following his contract situation. A report earlier last month claimed that they are willing to offer more than double Barcelona’s contract proposal.

Hence, the club seem prepared to come close to his wage demands, but they face stiff competition from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, who have fared much better this campaign.

Meanwhile, the ongoing transfer interest could also be agent-driven. It could be a ploy from Araujo’s representative to convince the Blaugrana to meet the current contract demands.

It has previously been said that the £31.5 million-rated star would prefer to continue at Camp Nou, but is not pleased with the contract offer.

It won’t be a surprise if the Blaugrana eventually tie him to a long-term deal.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and WhoScored.com.

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