Barcelona plan to tie down their rising superstar until 2026 as the club fear that they might lose the player to another European side
Ronald Koeman plans on changing the current condition of Barcelona and the former Everton manager believes that signing younger players could prove to be pivotal in the rebuild. Koeman is aiming to achieve a sustainable winning squad that could compete for all the competitions fiercely for the next few seasons rather than winning it all at once and then burning out.
Having said that, his actions in the transfer market seem to be backing his words as well. The Catalans have already signed Pedri, Fransico Trincao, and Sergino Dest who are three talented youngsters that could form the core of Barca’s future generation. The club also has 17-year-old Ansu Fati who has stunned the world with his performances so far this season.
Reports now state that the Dutchman believes that Ronald Araujo has the quality to lead the defence after Gerard Pique steps down in the coming years. It is to be believed that Barcelona is willing to offer the Uruguyuan defender a contract until 2026 to ensure that all interest shown for the defender is waived off.
Currently, Barca has just four centre-backs in the squad such as Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Ronald Araujo, and Samuel Umtiti. However, Umtiti is currently out injured with an injury and Gerard Pique is ineligible to play against Juventus due to a suspension in the opening Champions League game.
Koeman will have to bestow his faith in the young Ronald Araujo to fill in the boots of Pique and partner alongside Clement Lenglet. The match against Juventus will be a make it or break it for the youngster due to the immense pressure that he would have to carry.
Do you think Barcelona is going in the right direction by offering Ronald Araujo a contract extension until 2026? or should the club wait until the summer of 2023 when the player’s contract expires and then considered whether it is worth extending his contract or not?
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