Barca’s Ronald Araujo agrees new contract with €1bn release clause

Barcelona have announced that defender Ronald Araujo has agreed to extend his new contract until 2026, with his penalty clause increased to 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion).

Araujo’s previous contract was due to expire in 2023, and ESPN has reported that both Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing for Uruguay.

Although the Premier League clubs’ offers were greater than those of Barcelona, ​​reports indicate that the player’s desire has always been to stay at the Camp Nou.

Despite being only 23 years old, i want He has been on the same terms at Barcelona since signing with the club’s B-team from Boston River for an original fee of €2 million in 2018.

This has made him one of the lowest-paid players in the first team coming into the current season, as his representatives are eager to improve his salary in accordance with his new position at the club.

In 39 matches in all competitions with coach Xavi Hernandez’s team, he scored four goals, including one in the 4-0 victory in El Clasico over Real Madrid at the Bernabéu.

Despite the interest of the English teams, reports indicate that there has been significant progress in negotiations, with Barcelona increasing their first offer and Araujo agreeing to meet halfway.

When Chelsea’s contract with Andreas Christensen expires at the end of the season, Barcelona will have an agreement to bring him to the Nou Camp on a free transfer.

Amid Barcelona’s defense next season, Araujo and Christensen will face Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia, with the club opening up to offers from Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingezza and Samuel Umtiti.