Ronald Arajo’s long-term future at Barcelona remains unclear, as he is still linked with Manchester United. The defender’s contract is set to expire in 2023.
According to previous rumors, the Red Devils are best positioned to sign him after making a salary offer to him.
According to Sky Deutschland, Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cryuff met with Chelsea star Antonio Rüdiger’s agent, Sahr Senesie, on Thursday.
AS has confirmed Sky’s allegation, adding that the Catalan club is looking into Thomas Tuchel’s men in the case that the Uruguay international does not renew his contract at the Camp Nou.
When AS asked Barcelona for an update on the meeting with the Blues defender’s agent, Blaugrana insiders said, “Rüdiger only has a place if Piqué or Arajo go.”
Gerard Piqué, for his part, has stated that he will not retire at the end of the season, so ‘all eyes are on’ the South American, whose future at the club’remains uncertain.’
Xavi Hernández’s team has offered him a deal that includes a €4 million per year income, which is regarded a “significant improvement” given that he now makes €1 million each season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s bid exceeds €8 million per year, implying that they are willing to pay him twice as much as Barcelona is now giving.
Arajo’s agent revealed information about Manchester United’s bid as a pressure technique on the Spanish giants to improve their offer. Xavi’s side has responded by holding talks with Rüdiger’s agents, rather than presenting a new offering.
According to AS, “the impression created by this hurried meeting between Rüdiger and Barcelona is of a setting that is of interest to both parties.” On the one hand, to the German player, to stir up the hornet’s nest, and on the other, to the Catalan entity, to send a clear message to Arajo’s agents that they have other options if they continue to be so obstinate in their requests’.
It’ll be fascinating to watch what Arajo and his team do next, especially since Manchester United is rumored to be interested in signing him after allegedly making an offer.