Barcelona Transfer News: Julian Araujo to become first summer ‘signing’ after major U-turn

Tom Weber
Joan Laporta, Barcelona, 2023/24

Julian Araujo could be like a new signing for Barcelona next season, with the club reportedly open to giving him a second chance.

Formerly one of North America’s biggest prospects, Mexico international Julian Araujo’s short time as a Barcelona player already looked to be over. Only signed in January 2023 for €4 million from the LA Galaxy, the California-born full-back was said to have left Blaugrana chiefs unconvinced, with some reports going so far as to suggest that he won’t ever make it at the club.

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Not deemed good enough to feature in Xavi’s first team this season, Araujo was loaned to Las Palmas in the summer, and it has been a brilliant experience for him. For the most part, Araujo has been a regular for one of this season’s surprise packages in LaLiga. The promoted side currently sit in a comfortable eighth place and the 22-year-old has made 17 appearances in the league so far.

This, it is claimed, has led to something of a rethink at Barcelona and Araujo could be given a second chance at the club in the summer.

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Araujo set for Barca stay?

At least that is according to MARCA, which reports that Araujo’s good form and Barcelona’s perpetual uncertainty over their right-back position have led them to consider the Mexican as a viable option for next season.

Currently, the only out-and-out senior right-backs at the club are Sergi Roberto and Man City loanee Joao Cancelo, who was also used at left-back after Alejandro Balde had been dropped by Xavi late last year. Jules Kounde can also play on the right, though he is more of a central player.

Uncertainty looms over the heads of Roberto, who is out of contract, and Cancelo, who will likely be too expensive to sign permanently, meaning that Araujo could be a part of Barcelona’s first team next season, even if presumably only as a backup option.

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