October 11, 2022
Barcelona know Liverpool will pay ‘heavy transfer price’ for Arsenal target

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Barcelona know Liverpool would be ‘willing to pay a hefty transfer price’ for Ronald Araujo this summer but are keen to announce he has signed a new contract before the end of April.

That’s according to Sport, who note that the Blaugrana are aware that the Reds and Manchester United have shown strong interest in the Uruguayan. The Premier League rivals have sounded out Araujo in the hope that his current deal ending in 2023 could see him leave Camp Nou.

The centre-half has become the star of the Catalan giants’ defense in recent years and can provide an option for the next decade. But his status has seen Barcelona rush to strike a new deal knowing lucrative monies would be on their way in the next market.

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Talks between Barcelona and Araujo previously broke down as the La Liga side made low offers on personal terms. Still, the Camp Nou hierarchy have restarted the negotiations with an improved deal and decided on its worth as the defender wants to stay in Catalonia.

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Araujo is very grateful for Barcelona’s efforts to secure his services from Boston River in 2018. He also feels very comfortable at the club and with his role under boss Xavi Hernandez, who has also made a big effort to convince the 23 year old player. of his future.

Barcelona know Liverpool will pay ‘high transfer price’ for Arsenal in Araujo’s eyes

Barcelona are now hoping to announce that Araujo has extended his contract until 2026 before the end of April, to end Liverpool’s transfer hopes. The paperwork for his new deal is currently being formalized before pen can touch paper, and will include a €1bn (£828m) release clause.

19 Rafael Borre of Eintracht Frankfurt defended by 04 Ronald Araujo of FC Barcelona during the second quarter final of the Europa League match between FC Barcelona and Eintracht Frankfurt at Camp Nou stadium on April 14, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There is a €200m (£165.5m) clause in his current terms, which Jurgen Klopp may have had to trigger this summer. Along with interest from Liverpool, ABC reports that Arsenal and Manchester United have dropped Araujo on an €8m-a-year (£127,000) contract to leave Barcelona this summer.

The offers from the Gunners and Red Devils were worth twice the net €4m-a-year (63.5ka-/w) the Blaugrana had previously suggested. Still, none of the Premier League trios look likely to welcome Araujo to England without paying Barcelona an unprecedented fee.

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