This past Monday, shock reports emerged from Germany claiming that Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are interested in Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo.
The 24-year-old Uruguayan international has been a permanent fixture in the side for several seasons now and has also been named one of the four club captains this season following the exits of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
One of the Blaugrana’s best players in recent times, Araujo’s growth to stardom has seemingly attracted interest from not only Bayern Munich, but also some top clubs in England.
Araujo not for sale
Amidst the speculations, though, Barcelona are firm on their stance that Ronald Araujo is not for sale, reports Ferran Correas of SPORT.
The 24-year-old defensive mainstay, who can play at centre-back and right-back, is seen as a fundamental part of Xavi Hernandez’s project at Barça.
Araujo is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the game currently and was crucial to the Catalans’ success last season.
As such, even though Barcelona are in a difficult situation financially, they will not sell Araujo and not entertain any offers for their third captain.
Araujo happy at Barcelona, does not want to leave
The report adds that Araujo also shares the same stance as Barcelona when it comes to a potential transfer away from the club.
The 24-year-old is happy and settled at the Catalan outfit and the thought of a possible exit does not even enter his mind, his entourage have informed SPORT.
“Araujo fought to play in Barça’s first team. He achieved it and is very grateful for the opportunity the club gave him. He only thinks about winning titles with this shirt,” say those around him.
Araujo, whose market value stands at €70 million, has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2026, with the deal consisting of a mammoth €1 billion release clause.
Recent reports have suggested that the Blaugrana intend to open talks over a new deal with the Uruguayan and a few other players whose current contracts expire in 2026.