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.