Manchester United have reportedly accelerated their interest in Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The Uruguay international’s contract at Camp Nou is due to expire next June, and the Catalan giants are struggling to come to an agreement with the defender over an extension.
Man United continue to be strongly linked with the 23-year-old, who has been a vital player for Xavi‘s side this season, making 31 appearances in all competitions, contributing three assists in the process.
According to Sport, the 20-time English champions are the club ‘most interested’ in signing the South American, and they are prepared to pay a ‘high salary’ to bring him to Old Trafford.
The report claims that Man United are also willing to meet Barcelona’s current valuation of the centre-back, but the La Liga giants are still hoping to come to an agreement over an extension.
Chelsea and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in Araujo, who arrived at Camp Nou from Boston River in 2018, initially representing Barcelona B before stepping into the first team.
Man United are believed to be keen to sign at least one new centre-back this summer, with Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe potentially all departing the club on permanent deals.