New headache from England arises for Barcelona – report


(From L) Barcelona's French defender #23 Jules Kounde, Barcelona's Danish defender #15 Andreas Christensen and Barcelona's Uruguayan defender #04 Ronald Araujo celebrate their win at the end of the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on December 3, 2023.
Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images

FC Barcelona have been suffering from their weak finances for several years now, and despite the departure of most of their megastars with high salaries like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba, etc., the Catalan club still needs to increase its income to meet its financial fair play requirements.

In such a scenario, some of the current big names in the team have also been linked with moves away from the club in recent months, including Frenkie de Jong, who has been an integral part of Barcelona’s squad for several seasons.

In addition to the Dutch midfielder, another key player of the Catalan team who has been linked with a move away from the Blaugranes is the defender, Ronald Araujo. Bayern Munich unsuccessfully tried to sign him in the last winter transfer window, but still see him as one of the best-suited players to reinforce their team.

However, according to SPORT, the Bavarian club is not the only one that wants to sign the defender from Barcelona, as an English club has also set its eyes on the defender, which can be a further headache for the Catalans.

In normal circumstances, Barcelona would not consider selling a player as important as the Uruguayan. The club president Joan Laporta also recently claimed that he would happily give Araujo a lifetime contract if circumstances allowed.

But the economic realities of the club demand significant sacrifices, and the €100 million that Bayern can offer Barcelona for the defender can solve a significant part of these problems. As the economic position of Barcelona is well known throughout Europe, other clubs are also trying to get their hands on one of the best defenders currently playing on the continent.

Furthermore, Araujo himself claimed that he is happy in Barcelona and his passion and commitment for the club needs no further evidence. However, an offer of high wages from England and the opportunity to play in the best league in the world can influence the defender into leaving for greener pastures.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

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