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Newcastle United ready to offer €60 million for Barcelona defender

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The Barcelona defence is always a matter of some form of controversy. The players in it suffer from many problems all at once. Either they are often injured and miss important games, or they are inconsistent and cost the team games. There is rarely a balance in the team.

One player who has offered some form of balance is Ronald Araujo. Granted he has some slight injury problems, he is one of the best players on the team right now. According to Catalan-based El Nacional, Newcastle United are eyeing the footballer.

The report states that Joan Laporta has no interest in selling the player. He is seen as the backbone of the defense for the next few years. Undoubtedly, he is one of the leaders of the team. Given his importance, it will be hard to pry him away. 

However, given their new ownership, the English club can easily afford him. Laporta will not sell, but if they do indeed propose €60 million -as the report suggests-, then the Barça board will begin to think.

The club still is in financial trouble and is struggling to sign players. While the desire is not to sell him, if pushed into doing it to get some money, the club just might.

Newcastle are not the only ones interested, though. Reigning European champions Chelsea have shown a desire to acquire the footballer. The reason for this is that they might lose Antonio Rudiger this coming summer.

For Barcelona, the desire is to renew Araujo, whose contract ends in the summer of 2023.

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  1. Steve johnson

    25/11/2021 at 23:15

    With 60 million Newcastle can buy a great number of other central defenders. Not going to happen.

    • krishna Ramachandran

      26/11/2021 at 06:05

      Newcastle don’t play champions league or European league which is why it is not so easy to attract top talent even if they have the money. They have to grow in stages. First get to European spots on the table and then sign Marquee players to win silverware. We know from chelsea, Man city and PSG experience that this will take a decade to bear fruit

      • Steve johnson

        26/11/2021 at 16:07

        City were bought by the Abu Dhabi group in August 2008, 3 years larer, in 2011 they were 3rd and qualified for champions league. Next year they won the premiere league. It took them 4 years. During that time they had managed to attract players like Robinho, Adebayor, Barry, Teves.
        Chelsea did things even faster, they were bought in 2003 and they won the premier league in 2005. The same year they reached the champions league semifinal. Of course Chelsea managed this without the uefa ffp in place.

        But judging from City and Chelsea, and factoring in slow down due to uefa ffp, domestically it should take Newcastle around 5 to 6 years to be able to start qualifying for champions league. One or 2 more to win the premiere league. How long it will take for them to begin doing well in champions league and winning it, it is anybodys guess, City reached the final 10 years after they 1st qualified under the then new management. Chelsea won it in 2012 so 7 years after they won the premiership.