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Manchester United lead the race to sign 23-year-old South American defender

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Man United lead race to sign Ronald Araujo. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Transfer News: Manchester United in pole position to sign Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo

According to Spanish publication Sport [Print Edition] via Sport Witness (h/t Football.London), Manchester United are in pole position to secure the signature of Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo ahead of the summer transfer window. He has quickly earned a name for himself in Spain since achieving promotion to the first team.

Man United are leading the race to facilitate a transfer for Araujo at the end of this season. Their chances of signing him are increasing with each passing day, which would give them a major boost in their current pursuit. The positives do not stop there as Chelsea are seemingly out of contention at this moment.

Several clubs are claimed to be in contact daily, which has made life really difficult for the Spanish club. They are now left to place a price tag for his services next summer.

Transfer News: Man United in pole position to sign Barcelona ace Ronald Araujo. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea seems out of the race for Ronald Araujo. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Keep up the pressure

There is a desperate need to add a quality addition to our defensive ranks at the end of the current campaign. The woes in the backline have been highlighted time and time again recently, and we need to clearly boost the squad with better options.

After all, the likes of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly cannot be depended on for longer and would need to be moved out sooner or later. Harry Maguire has been used as a scapegoat throughout this season for the team’s inability to defend as a unit. That being said, the Englishman himself has been poor compared to his previous years and could use some serious competition for starts in our backline.

Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are the only solid choices right now, which certainly does not bode well for us. They have had their fitness issues in recent times after all. Araujo can definitely help us in such a case, adding depth and quality to our defence.

Ronald Araujo's exit from Barcelona is a real possibility. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Ronald Araujo’s exit from Barcelona is a real possibility. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Blues’ likely absence would also do us wonders moving forward. That coupled with the Blaugrana star’s stance would be of great help as we near the summer transfer window. However, multiple clubs are in talks with the La Liga defender, so we would do well to be wary of others.

With his current contract set to expire in 2023, we must raise our efforts to put this matter to bed in our attempt to finalise a transfer for the 23-year-old. Whether the Manchester board can take advantage of our lead and get this deal done or not remains to be seen in the coming months.

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He is yet to reach his peak years, and those who have watched Barca in recent years would attest to the claim that the South American has a very high ceiling.

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