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Chelsea & Liverpool ‘ready’ to pursue Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo

Chelsea and Liverpool are ‘ready to take the step next summer’ when it comes to making an method for Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo.

Araujo turned an necessary first-team participant at Camp Nou final season, having first joined Barcelona B from Boston River in his native Uruguay as an adolescent. But his future has grow to be unsure because of a contract that’s due to expire in 2023.

Mundo Deportivo reported final week that contract talks with Araujo are proving to be harder for Barça than they had been for Ansu Fati and Pedri.

It was stated that Barcelona need to supply a brand new five-year deal, however the membership has realized from early talks to date that the participant’s wage calls for are larger than they anticipated. That may grow to be an issue when Barça’s funds are in a fragile state and Premier League sides can supply extra.

The worry is a repeat of the Ilaix Moriba saga, with the teen refusing to signal a brand new contract final summer time and forcing the membership to promote him to RB Leipzig to keep away from lacking out on a switch charge.

Chelsea and Liverpool have each already talked about as suitors, with Sport (through Sport Witness) now reporting the pair of Premier League sides are ready to step issues up on the finish of the season. At that stage, Araujo may have solely a yr left on his contract and Barcelona will probably be in a tough place.

Araujo has a contract at Camp Nou till 2023 / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

The level is made that each Chelsea and Liverpool would have the opportunity to supply far more profitable phrases than Araujo may hope for if he agrees a renewal, with Barça’s spending energy and wage invoice repeatedly slashed over the past 18 months.

Chelsea look set to agree a contract extension with 37-year-old Thiago Silva, however the Stamford Bridge futures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are much less clear. They are due to be out of contract on the finish of this season, as is flexible membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Liverpool suffered a centre-back disaster final season and, with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip each turning 31 earlier than subsequent season begins, will want to begin interested by the longer term comparatively quickly.

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