Chelsea football club have been in top form since they changed their manager, going all the way to win the champions league against all odds, beating their local rival Manchester City.
Though they have squad depth, and during the summer added a top striker in the person of Romelu Lukaku. Right now, Chelsea are pushing for FC Barcelona centre back.
Reports are saying that the Catalan club center back Ronald Araujo has drawn attractions from big premier league clubs.
Araujo has progressed and performed in his debut season handed to him by his former manager Ronald Koeman. The 22-year-old has featured prominently for the club this season, and is reportedly high on Chelsea’s wishlist.
The prolific centre back has made a total of 13 appearance in all competitions for Barcelona,he made 9 in Laliga and 4 in UEFA champions league.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to replace their aging defenders and Araujo is being seen as the perfect fit as per Mundo Deportivo. According to reports,the London club is ready to break bank for the Uruguayan.
Because of the though times Barcelona are going through, it’ll be hard for Chelsea to sign Araujo from them and the arrival of Xavi Hernandez is seen as the dawn of a new era.
Xavi have in his possession, many talented players and Araujo is one of them, and they’re trying to rebuild their team.
At 22, Araujo has put in some mature displays at the back and is tailor-made for the type of football Xavi wants the club to play.
According to reports from Deportivo Mundo, he’s feeling settled at Barcelona, and not thinking of moving away, and this means it’ll be hard for Chelsea.
Barcelona are expected to start talks with Araujo to tie him down to a new long-term deal as his current contract ends in 2023.
Barcelona are not known for inserting release clauses, so Chelsea might lose the chance to sign him if they don’t make a move in the January transfer window.
If FC Barcelona plays hardball to get,that means Chelsea will have to look elsewhere to fill the aging defenders during the coming transfer winners.