Sir Jim Ratcliffe comes to Barcelona aid as Man Utd submit ‘huge offer’ for €100m star

According to reports, Manchester United made Ronald Araujo of Barcelona a sizable contract offer this summer.

This summer, co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe intends to completely restructure the Red Devils roster. All of the present players, with the exception of Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho, and Rasmus Hojlund, are reportedly up for grabs.

Ratcliffe ‘bets heavily’ on Araujo

Araujo has been connected to a move to Old Trafford for some time, and according to AS, United has made him a “huge contract offer” that would substantially raise his current weekly salary of £124,000.

Ratcliffe is reportedly prepared to “bet heavily” on the Uruguayan, who and the Catalans reached a new contract two years ago that included a €1 billion release clause.

However, given their serious financial difficulties and their goal of raising about €100 million through player sales this summer, Barcelona believes they can raise that amount only by selling Araujo.

It’s claimed United will face competition from Bayern Munich for the 25-year-old, who is said to have been ‘defocused’ by the transfer rumours.

Back in for De Jong

According to reports, United is still interested in signing Frenkie de Jong, despite the midfielder rejecting the opportunity to join them at Old Trafford two years after the two clubs struck a contract.

Sport reports that De Jong is still completely opposed to moving from Barcelona to United, but he is seen to be another player who may help the La Liga team get the €100 million they seek. In addition, the Dutchman is looking for a pay increase, which is unlikely to come.

Although the club has stated that they will “listen to proposals” from United, Paris Saint-Germain, who are also eager, and any other interested teams, manager Xavi wants to keep De Jong.

De Jong could be a replacement for Casemiro, who was signed instead of him two years ago but looks set to leave United this summer – likely for the Saudi Pro League – after a stunning dip in form in his second season at Old Trafford.

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