Manchester United is reportedly ready to raise their offer to double Barcelona’s contract proposal to Ronald Araujo as per the report in Spanish outlet ABC.
The 23-years-old joined the Blaugrana back in 2018 from Boston River for a fee of around £1.5 million. The Uruguayan is enjoying a productive campaign this term, scoring four goals in 22 La Liga appearances.
The defender’s current contract will expire in 2023 and the two parties are currently in negotiations to extend the deal. The Catalan giants are reportedly willing to offer around €4 million(£3.3m) to the youngster. However, he is eyeing a salary package closer to what Ansu Fati and Pedri signed recently.
Meanwhile, the report further claims that Arsenal and Manchester United are the two Premier League clubs that are showing interest in the Uruguay international and they are ready to double the offer that the Blaugrana are proposing at the moment.
Atletico Madrid is another club who are keeping tabs on the defender’s current situation at Camp Nou. As the Rojiblancos have an eye to signing defenders from Uruguay.
Will Araujo be a good fit for Manchester United?
Ronald Araujo has showcased his talent during this short spell at Camp Nou. And he has every attribute to become a world-class defender in the future. He is quick, strong, good in the air, and also comfortable with possession.
Meanwhile, the 23-years-old will be an apt replacement for Harry Maguire, given the Englishman’s recent struggles this season. And the new manager might want to bring in new faces at the heart of the defense.
With the Red Devils’ Champions League qualification hanging in the air, persuading the defender to join the Old Trafford stadium will be tough for the club’s hierarchy if they were to fail to secure a place in Europe’s elite club competition next season.
Manchester United is currently sixth in the Premier League table with 50 points in 29 games. Arsenal is fourth in the table with four extra points having played one less game. So, the North London club is the favorite to finish in the top four spots.