The latest Manchester United transfer news is that Manchester United set their sights on Barcelona ace Ronald Araujo and have initiated talks to secure the services of the talented centre-back. Since his move to Camp Nou in 2019, Araujo has emerged as a defensive stalwart and is considered untouchable by the Catalan faithful.
€80Million Transfer Tussle
In a bid to fortify their defensive ranks, United have enquired about his availability, only to be informed of the hefty €80m [£69million] price tag for a mid-season move, as per ESPN. Transfer expert Florian Plettenberg reveals that the Red Devils might consider waiting until the summer to pursue the Uruguay international.
Bayern Munich in the Mix
While the Old Trafford-based outfit contemplate their strategy, Bayern Munich are also closely monitoring Araujo, setting the stage for a potential transfer battle. The 24-year-old's standout performances have not only attracted domestic interest but have also made him a sought-after asset in the broader European football landscape.
Araujo's Dilemma and Barcelona's Financial Struggles
Despite United's keen interest, Araujo is reportedly inclined to stay at Barcelona, rejecting the advances made by the Premier League club. However, Barcelona's well-documented financial struggles could influence the dynamics, making a deal challenging but not impossible.
United's Defensive Ambitions
Manager Erik ten Hag is actively seeking defensive reinforcements, particularly with uncertainties surrounding Raphael Varane's future at the Theatre of Dreams and Argentine star Lisandro Martinez just returning from injury.
Ronald Araujo is currently contracted at Camp Nou till June 2026.