Fabrizio Romano: Barcelona is ready to offer him a new deal to ward off Man United interest.

Fabrizio Romano: Barcelona is ready to offer him a new deal to ward off Man United interest.

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Barcelona is willing to grant the 25-year-old defender and alleged Manchester United target Ronald Araujo a new contract to secure his future. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS are interested in recruiting defensive reinforcements for United ahead of the summer transfer season. 

This season, Erik ten Hag has had to cope with important defenders missing many games due to recurring injuries. The Dutchman is currently dealing with a defensive dilemma, with Harry Maguire and Willy Kambwala the only healthy senior centre-backs available for selection.

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United’s interest in Araujo dates back to last year, but the transaction was never completed.

Last month, The Peoples Person reported that Barcelona, whose financial troubles have been well documented, is willing to sell the Uruguayan for €100 million.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, who spoke with CaughtOffside for his most recent Daily Briefing piece, the Blaugrana want to maintain their star central defender and offer him better terms.

The Italian journalist added, “There are currently no updates or developments about Ronald Araujo’s future. Barcelona is currently focused on the pitch, but they will review several contracts, including Araujo, Pedri, Cubarsi, and others.”

“Many clubs appreciate Araujo but Barca will offer him a new deal.”

“That’s been the expectation at the club for a long time.”

Unless something spectacular happens, it appears that Ratcliffe and his associates will have to seek elsewhere. Araujo has made 32 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season. He has helped the Catalan giants keep 10 clean sheets in that time.

Fabrizio Romano: Barcelona is ready to offer him a new deal to ward off Man United interest.