Manchester United has made an enticing offer to Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo in the summer transfer window.
As an 18-year-old, Araujo joined Barcelona from Uruguayan club Boston River in August 2018. He broke into the first squad for the 2019-20 season and has established himself as a crucial player at Barcelona over the last two seasons. This season, Araujo has piqued the eye of several large clubs, scoring three times in 20 appearances across all competitions.
The 22-year-old is under contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2023, and the Blaugrana are keen to keep him. Before the season, the defender turned down a contract extension offer from Barcelona and is aware of other clubs’ interest.
Nonetheless, Ronald Araujo is anticipated to extend his present deal. On the other hand, Manchester United has reportedly offered the player a contract for £8.4 million per year. Of course, a deal is still a long way off, with the Red Devils reportedly planning to submit an official bid in the summer.
In the summer, Harry Maguire’s big-money move was followed by the high-profile signing of Raphael Varane. While Varane quickly established himself as the club’s most passable defender, Maguire’s decline has continued this season.
The club captain has made numerous errors and has been ineffective with the ball in his hands. Maguire is prone to get caught out of position and requires a dramatic turn of events to maintain his position. Victor Lindelof’s ability to deliver consistently is still questioned, and his physicality is also questioned daily.
Finally, Manchester United has a defender in Eric Bailly who has failed to reach his full ability despite numerous opportunities. The club attempted to trade him along with Phil Jones in January but could not reach an agreement. Axel Tuanzebe has been loaned out and might be a part of the squad for the coming season.