MX23RW : Sunday, March 3 09:19:58| >> :120:33743:33743:

Bayern Munich 'will pay whatever it takes to sign Ronald Araujo'

Bayern 'will pay whatever it takes to sign Ronald Araujo'
© Reuters
Bayern Munich are willing to pay 'whatever it takes' to sign Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, according to a report.

Bayern Munich have reportedly made it clear that they are prepared to pay 'whatever it takes' to sign Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo in either the January transfer window or next summer.

The Uruguay international has developed into one of the leading centre-backs in world football, and there was huge speculation surrounding his future before he signed a new contract at Camp Nou in April 2022.

Manchester United and Manchester City were among the clubs to be linked with him last year, but Barcelona managed to sign him to a deal until the end of the 2025-26 campaign.

There is now fresh speculation surrounding the 24-year-old, with Barcelona's financial problems potentially leading to them considering selling the defender despite his importance to the club.

Bayern have been heavily linked with the South American of late, and according to German journalist Florian Plettenberg, the Bundesliga giants are determined to secure his signature.

Barcelona's Ronald Araujo in action with Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior on March 19, 2023© Reuters

Plettenberg claims that Araujo spoke with Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel and sporting director Christoph Freund on Friday to discuss a potential move to Allianz Arena.

Tuchel allegedly told the defender that he wants to sign him 'urgently', and Bayern are willing to pay 'a massive transfer fee' to convince Barcelona to let him depart.

The Bundesliga champions are said to be under no illusions of the size of the task when it comes to convincing Barcelona to sell, with Araujo having to push for an exit for the move to become possible.

Araujo has again been a vital player for his Catalan club during the 2023-24 campaign despite some injury problems, making 13 appearances in all competitions, scoring once in the process.

Barcelona's Ronald Araujo pictured in September 2022© Reuters

The centre-back made the move to Barcelona from Boston River in 2018, initially representing the club's B team before making his first-team debut in 2019.

Araujo has now featured on 126 occasions for the La Liga champions, scoring eight goals and registering three assists in the process.

The defender told beIN Sports ahead of last weekend's clash with Atletico Madrid that he does not like playing as a right-back, where he is regularly used by Xavi.

"I don't like to play as a right-back, but as a centre-back [instead]," he said.

Araujo has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup during his time in the Barcelona first team, and he was named in the La Liga Team of the Season for the 2021-22 campaign.

ID:531046:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect5100:

Click here for more stories about Ronald Araujo

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil with Martin Zubimendi on November 29, 2023
Read Next:
Barcelona 'no longer interested Real Sociedad's Martin Zubimendi'
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.
rhs 2.0
Today's games header
Tables header RHS
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool27196264253963
2Manchester CityMan City26185359263359
3Arsenal26184462233958
4Aston Villa27174659372255
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs26155655391650
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd26142103636044
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham2712694347-442
8Newcastle UnitedNewcastle271241157451240
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2710984944539
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves27115114043-338
11Chelsea26106104443136
12Fulham27105123942-335
13Bournemouth2577113347-1428
14Crystal Palace2777133247-1528
15Brentford2775153950-1126
16Everton2787122937-825
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2766153449-1524
18Luton TownLuton2655163754-1720
19Burnley2634192558-3313
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2634192266-4413

Subscribe to our newsletter


Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!