Ronald Araujo contract with Barcelona will expire in June 2023. Until now, the Uruguayan defender has not yet signed a new contract offered by Barcelona management.
If these conditions do not change, then Barcelona has the opportunity to sell the 23-year-old player in the summer of 2022. As a result, Barcelona needs a new central defender to face the 2022/2023 season. Here are five players who can replace Araujo role at Camp Nou.
1. Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen appeared quite promising during his coach Thomas Tuchel. Unfortunately, the Danish defender contract with Chelsea will expire in a matter of months. Meanwhile, he is reluctant to renew his contract with the London club.
The situation made Christensen linked with Barcelona. In fact, according to some reports, the 25-year-old defender has already reached a verbal agreement with Barcelona.
2. Antonio Rudiger
Apart from Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger has always been Thomas Tuchel first choice in the Chelsea defense. The German defender has helped the Blues win various prestigious trophies. However, he is currently on the verge of exiting Stamford Bridge.
The reason is, Rudiger contract with Chelsea will expire at the end of the 2021/2022 season. If he leaves Chelsea in the summer of 2022, Rudiger is not expected to be empty of fans. One club that is reportedly very interested in his services is Barcelona.
3. Matthias Ginter
Matthias Ginter has been part of Borussia Monchengladbach since the summer of 2017. So far the 28-year-old defender has recorded 175 games in all competitions. He was able to create 11 goals and 5 assists from all of his appearances.
His solid performance in the heart of the Monchengladbach defense made Ginter targeted by a number of big European teams. Barcelona can bring Ginter to Camp Nou for free in the summer of 2022. Because he will certainly leave Monchengladbach on a free transfer after the competition ends.
4. Alessio Romagnoli
Alessio Romagnoli is one of the most experienced players in the AC Milan squad. He has defended the Italian club since 2015. In the 2021/2022 season, Romagnoli performed quite well by creating 25 matches and recording 1 goal and 1 assist.
Thanks to his contribution, the Rossoneri managed to top the Serie A standings until week 30. The 27-year-old defender contract with AC Milan will expire in June 2022. This condition can be used by Barcelona to recruit Romagnoli for free to Camp Nou next summer.
5. Milan Skriniar
Milan Skriniar is Inter Milan mainstay defender in recent years. In the 2020/2021 season, he successfully led his club to win the Serie A competition. Meanwhile, in the 2021/2022 season, the 27-year-old defender can still bring the Nerazzurri to compete at the top of the standings.
If you want Skriniar, Barcelona must provide substantial funds. Reported by Transfermarkt , the official price of the defender from Slovakia is in the range of 65 million euros or the equivalent of IDR 1 trillion.
Ronald Araujo was a key player for Xavi Hernandez in the last few games. Losing Araujo would be a big enough loss for Barcelona . Even so, the five defenders above are ready to replace Araujo role for the 2022/2023 season.