Barcelona close to reaching an agreement for MLS defender

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While a greater part of this winter transfer window went rather silently for the club, its latter parts have seen more activity on the club’s part, generating significant excitement among Barcelona fans.

This transfer window has been particularly hard for the club because of the Financial Fair Play rules being implemented by La Liga, which have drastically reduced the pool of players the club can realistically pursue.

As a result, relying on youth with a low valuation but high potential is a strategy being followed by the club, and one of the deals that the club is now scampering to complete within this transfer window is the loan transfer of a right-back from Los Angeles Galaxy, Julian Araujo.

Julian Araujo is still only 21 years old and hails from Mexico. He has been a cornerstone of the LA Galaxy team for three seasons now and was being strongly considered for a call-up for Qatar World Cup, but ultimately missed out. Still, the Mexican’s potential cannot be doubted, as he has already trained before at Barcelona Academy, and played in Poland Under 20 World Cup in 2019 as part of the United States team.

The young Mexican was already being pursued by Barcelona as an option for right back before they signed Hector Bellerin during the last transfer window. Now, as Hector Bellerin moved on from the Catalan club to Sporting de Portugal, the Catalans are again expected to be short on options for the right-back position.

Thus, they are again trying to sign the Mexican in this transfer window, who would be playing for the Barcelona B team in his initial days at the club, and gradually become incorporated into the first team.

The latest reports on this operation by Toni Juanmarti and Albert Rogé claim that LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona have agreed on a loan deal for the youngster with a €5 million non-mandatory purchase option.

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