Juventus will reportedly hijack Manchester United’s target defender, Ronald Araujo. Uruguay defender has become the main target of the Red Devils.
Previously, it was reported that Manchester United would soon make their first offer to the Barcelona defender, following Erik Ten Hag who also admired Araujo.
However, Juventus was present as a nuisance to the plan. The Old Lady is ready to pay a transfer fee of 700 billion Rupiah.
Juventus are indeed planning to bring in a new centre-back this summer. This was done, following De Ligt’s uncertain situation.
Ronald Araujo’s contract will expire in 2023. He is also still reluctant to renew his contract with Barcelona because of salary problems.
Even though the 23-year-old man began to tune in with Gerard Pique at the Camp Nou. He also often appears as a right-back in several matches, including during El Clasico.
However, Araujo’s attitude that still refuses to extend a new contract will open up opportunities for Barcelona to sell him next season.
Barcelona certainly does not want to lose by releasing him for free. Barcelona themselves also don’t care if they lose the defender, because they are one step away from getting Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.
Ronald Araujo was bought from Uruguayan club, Boston River. He had studied at Barcelona B, before finally being promoted to the Barcelona first team by Koeman in 2020.
His career continued to shine until the era of Xavi Hernandez. This season, Araujo has appeared 33 times in all competitions this season, he also managed to score 4 goals in the Spanish League.
Juventus, Manchester United and Chelsea are indeed eyeing a new defender
Juventus need a new defender, following Leonardo Bonucci and Giorginio Chiellini who have reached retirement age.
Not to mention the uncertain situation of Mathijjs De Ligt. The Dutch defender is rumored to be leaving for another club in the summer.
The same thing is also felt by the English club, Manchester United, which is facing a back line crisis. Harry Maguire is starting to come under heavy pressure and is ready to be negotiated, if any club is interested.
According to reports from Fichajes, Maguire is one of five players that Manchester United’s new coach will definitely dump.
Erik Ten Hag, who became the strongest candidate for the new Manchester United coach, expressed his admiration for Ronald Araujo.
Apart from Maguire, Man United will be missing centre-backs such as Phil Jones and Eric Bailly. Both defenders, also do not have a clear future at Old Trafford.
The last club that was serious about signing the 23-year-old was Chelsea. The Blues have the potential to lose their mainstay defenders, namely Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Moreover, the problems faced by Chelsea have not been resolved. Then automatically the two mainstay defenders will immediately sign a contract with a new club.
Barcelona’s last attempt, to fence off the Uruguay defender will soon be done. The Blaugrana will make their final bid.
Joan Laporta, will raise the offer of a salary increase three times, for Ronald Araujo. The offer, will be the last offer for the Uruguay defender.
Barcelona Will Lose One More Defender
According to a Spanish media report, Sergino Dest is considering leaving Barcelona and moving to AS Roma in the summer transfer window.
The United States national team right-back has reportedly been very open to leaving Barcelona this summer.
Dest will leave if the Blaugrana extend Dani Alves’ contract and sign Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Sergino Dest joined Barcelona from Ajax in October 2020, but his career at Camp Nou has not been very bright.
But slowly being replaced by Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto, although recently returned to display some impressive performances.