Xavi addresses South American defenders future amid Man Utd transfer links

By | February 7, 2022

Barcelona boss Xavi has claimed that the Catalan giants want to extend Ronald Araujo’s current deal “as soon as possible” amid the speculation surrounding the defender’s future.

The South American center-back has been in stunning form for Barcelona this campaign, making 24 appearances in all competitions, contributing three goals in the process.

Araujo has entered the final 18 months of his current deal at Camp Nou, though, and a number of teams are believed to be keeping a close tabs on the situation.

A recent report claimed that Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea are preparing ‘a big offer’ for the 22-year-old defender of bringing him to Old Trafford for the 2022-23 season.

However, Xavi, who addressed the media ahead of Sunday’s La Liga match with Atletico Madrid, has claimed that securing the services of Araujo to a new deal “is one of the priorities” for the club.

“Araujo’s contract extension is one of the priorities. We definitely want to extend his contract as soon as possible. Araujo is giving us a lot and he is highly esteemed in the club and the dressing room,” Xavi told reporters.

Man City and PSG are also believed to be interested in securing the services of the South American during this summer’s transfer window.