Man Utd will ‘submit formal offer’ to sign 25yo on one condition, ‘already informed’ entourage – report

If Ronald Araujo decides to leave Barcelona this summer, Manchester United is ready to submit a formal offer to sign him, Sport reports.

The Uruguayan international’s deal with the Catalan giants is still valid for another two years. The hierarchy are keen on prolonging his stay for another 24 months.

Due to their financial limitations, the Blaugrana are unable to offer a “top-level” compensation. This summer, there are clubs willing to pay Araujo twice as much.

Although Araujo previously declined United’s offer to sign a new contract in 2022, Sport (page 2) reports that the Red Devils are still interested in signing him.

United have ‘already informed’ the player’s entourage that they will ‘submit a formal offer’ if there is a willingness to leave during the next transfer window.

Araujo is being pursued by more than just the Red Devils; at the start of the season, Bayern Munich looked into the possibilities of signing the Uruguayan defender.

The German outfit are aware of Barcelona’s long-term interest in Joshua Kimmich. Bayern are open to considering his exit as long as Araujo moves the other way.

United’s chances of signing Araujo depends on the price

United are presently planning for the departure of Raphael Varane on a free transfer.

The Frenchman is among their highest paid employees, and as of right now, the management has chosen not to activate an extension clause to keep him on for an additional year.

When the World Cup winner’s contract ends at the end of June, he may leave the team unless he agrees to take a significant pay cut from his £340,000 weekly income.

Araujo’s outstanding ball-playing abilities make him a great replacement. In addition, he enjoys clearing his lines and excels at aerial challenges.

According to Transfermarkt, the center back is currently worth £60 million, but it has been rumored that the Blaugrana are looking to sanction his departure for close to £80 million.

The Red Devils probably won’t be able to afford to spend so much money on the 25-year-old after missing out on Champions League qualification the following season.

Bayern’s presence might be the other issue. Barcelona might be better off with a Kimmich trade, as manager Xavi is in dire need of a top defensive midfield player.

Hence, a summer deal for Araujo could be difficult to pull off for United. Under the new management headed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the club is unlikely to pay more than the going rate.

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