Report: Liverpool front of the queue for Ronald Araujo
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Report: Liverpool front of the queue for Ronald Araujo

Liverpool are pushing to complete a transfer for Ronald Araujo, according to reports. The Barcelona star is enjoying a good season in Catalonia.

This comes from ESPN. They claim Barcelona hope to renew the contract of Ronald Araujo but there’s been little progress since September.

He initially signed a five-year contract with Barca back in 2018, meaning it expires in 2023. 2022, then, is the last time they could secure any decent fee for him in a sale.

That, naturally, alerts other clubs and Liverpool have supposedly been in touch over a transfer. They’re not alone in watching the player, however.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have eyes on Araujo, too. They’re not mentioned as being quite as full-on in their interest as Liverpool but that could change, of course.

As things stand, though, the Reds appear best-placed to capitalise on failing contract talks.

Liverpool chase Ronald Araujo transfer

Araujo has had an interesting career so far, climbing the ranks of Uruguayan football before joining Barcelona. He then spent two seasons with their B team before stepping up last season.

24 games followed as the centre-back established himself in Catalonia. He’s keeping that form up this season, too, and appears to be Barcelona’s future at the back.

However, the club isn’t in the best place right now and 22-year-old Araujo appears to believe he can do better. Or at least, secure a better contract elsewhere.

That could be true, given Barcelona’s well documented financial struggles. Liverpool could take advantage of that.

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Our big question, though, is why they want to do that. There are already four established centre-backs at the club, leaving little room for Araujo next year.

Perhaps the Reds’ interest isn’t as far along as the report suggests. Or maybe there’s some movement coming in 2022.

We think this is one to watch, then. Araujo could end up being a real bargain for a club.

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