The Red Devils are desperate to sign at least one new centre-back in 2024 as they prepare for Raphael Varane to potentially leave the club, and Araujo is one of several options.
Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo and Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini are both long-term targets, while Everton star Jarrad Branthwaite is also admired.
Back in early December, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo stated that Man Utd were willing to double Araujo’s salary in a bid to convince him to leave Barcelona for Old Trafford.
Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg has now confirmed that Ten Hag’s side remain keen on landing Araujo.
“News Ronald Araujo: ManUtd have inquired about the 24 y/o,” he reported on X. “#MUFC informed about transfer fee and contract details.
“They received the same information as Bayern: The transfer package in winter would be over €80 million. And Araujo wants to stay at Barca in winter…
“But: He remains on the list of Man Utd for summer. He remains the top target for Bayern as [Thomas] Tuchel loves the player!”
What has Rio Ferdinand said about Ronald Araujo?
Man Utd’s pursuit of Araujo will please club legend Rio Ferdinand, who is a huge fan of the Uruguay international.
“The boy at Lens [Kevin Danso], there’s one there, he’s good,” the former defender told Manchester Evening News. “The Uruguayan boy at Barcelona – Araujo. Whether he’s gettable or not, I think he’s brilliant. He’s an unreal centre-half.
“He has every attribute to be perfect for the Premier League. I’d probably say he’s the standout, but whether he’s gettable or not, I don’t know.”
Araujo, 24, currently has two-and-a-half years left on his Barcelona contract and is unlikely to be available for anything less than €80m this year. However, Man Utd and Bayern are both keen, despite the fact he is reportedly happy at Barcelona.
The two clubs may also be in negotiations regarding a move for Matthijs de Ligt as Man Utd are reportedly keen on landing the Dutchman, as per Sky Germany.