Man Utd are ready to make a ‘large investment’ in Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Uruguay international joined Barcelona in 2018. He signed a five-year deal when he joined the club and made his senior debut in 2019.
Araujo broke into the Barcelona first team last season and has established himself as a key part of their defence this term.
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The centre-back has now played 63 times for the La Liga giants and his contract is due to expire in 2023, while his performances attracting interest from a number of top clubs from around Europe.
There have been reports that Barcelona boss Xavi is now prioritising a new deal for Araujo after 22-year-old entered the final 18 months of his contract.
He has been linked with Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea in recent months with Araujo looking for a pay rise to commit to the Catalan side.
And now Marca (via Sport Witness) claims that Man Utd, and not arch-rivals Man City, are the ‘great competitor’ for Araujo with the Red Devils are the team ‘bidding the strongest’.
It is understood that Man Utd are ‘willing to make a large investment’ in the South American and are ‘willing to bid hard’ after Araujo rejected Barcelona’s first renewal offer.
Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick admitted yesterday that Mason Greenwood’s arrest and suspension by the club played a role in the decision to keep Jesse Lingard, who wanted to leave before the end of the transfer window.
“In a way (it was a factor), yes, but in the end the club also told me, the board told me, they couldn’t find an agreement with any of those clubs that were interested in him,” the German said.
“With the window closing Monday evening, in the afternoon the board informed me they would rather want him to stay. For me, that was a decision that I could fully understand and accept.
“So, it was two things. One thing was obviously that we had a problem with Mason Greenwood and being without a player for the time being that has played regularly in the last couple of weeks.
“And on the other hand, the club couldn’t find an agreement with any other club.”