Chelsea club have reportedly made a strong offer to sign ‘spectacular’ £167m international, Ronald Araujo from Barcelona.
According to Marca, the Blues have already made a ‘very strong’ offer for the centre-back’s services.
Araujo has become a solid foundation in Camp Nou ever since he moved from the oston River in 2018.
He established himself in Barca’s B-team before moving up the senior squad fully last season.
The 22-year-old is now an extremely important member of Xavi’s side, who are still yet to fully click under their former midfielder.
“I’m very happy to have Ronald on the team. He has such a great personality,” Xavi said in November.
“It’s spectacular to see him train. He’s so positive, he has an excellent character and that’s fundamental to us.”
Xavi rates Araujo highly and view him as a player to push the Catalonians into a brighter, better future.
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The Blues seemingly want to bring the Uruguayan on board over the summer.
With the possibility of losing at least one of Thomas Tuchel’s key defenders by the end of the season looming, reinforcements are being examined.
Jules Kounde appears to be the most likely candidate to join the Stamford Bridge squad, although he could be joined by another La Liga player.
Alternatively, Araujo might be an alternative to the Sevilla man if they fail to reach an agreement with Chelsea like they did last summer.
For the European champs, either player would be a welcome acquisition.
Both have extensive international experience with France and Uruguay, respectively, as well as Champions League experience.
However, neither will come cheap.
Kounde could cost around £59m (super Deporte), whilst Araujo’s release clause apparently stands at £167m (Sport).