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Barcelona will not offer revised renewal terms to 23-year-old defender – report



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According to breaking news from Cataluyna Radio, Barcelona have decided to not raise their contract renewal terms for Ronald Araujo after offering him three times his current salary during the initial offer.

The Uruguayan has reportedly turned down their initial offer, deeming the raise not substantial enough to continue. He wants a salary that reflects his performances, which according to him, are at the level of Pedri and Ansu Fati.

Barcelona recognises that there are a lot of suitors for Araujo, but are willing to run the risk by not revising their offer any further. They hope that he will eventually accept the offer since there is a possibility of him getting a substantial raise during future renewals.

Araujo’s current contract ends in 2023, and Manchester United have been quoted with a strong interest. The Reds Devils have, reportedly offered him an €8 million salary package, while Arsenal have tabled €6 million annually – the same as Barcelona’s offer.

Recently, Juventus have been quoted with an interest as well, but it seems Premier League clubs will take priority should Araujo face the exit door.

That said, there are still several months left before his contract comes close to being run down, and one of the two parties could very well fold.

Araujo is a key component of Xavi’s rebuild project, and has shown his ability to adapt as a modern ball-playing centre-back while retaining his old-school grit. Both is qualities were on display against Real Madrid as he played right-back and pocketed Vinicius Jr.

It must also be noted that Araujo has scored four goal this season, which makes him Barcelona’s joint-fourth top scorer along with Ferran Torres. Three of these four goals have come against the top three – Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla.

BU Says

The club is in financial turmoil, and clearly wants to save money for future signings instead of renewing current players. But since the pursuit of Erling Haaland is almost certainly failed by this point, other things must take priority.

One such thing is the renewal of Ronald Araujo. The 23-year-old is the best defender at the club and he has proven that time and again. Not to mention that he can clearly adapt to Xavi’s system and is almost unplayable when fully fit.

There is no reason for Barcelona to match his demand for a Fati, Pedri-esque salary, which they can very evidently afford. It would be foolish to let Araujo leave to save a couple million.

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