Aston Villa rule out summer move for Ronald Araujo

Aston Villa will not launch the offensive to sign 25-year-old Barcelona mainstay Ronald Araujo in the summer transfer window.

According to Helena Condis, Ronald Araujo will not pursue Ronald Araujo in the summer transfer window. The Villans insist rumours linking the West Midlands club with the 25-year-old Barcelona defensive mainstay are an “epic and incredible invention”. In addition, they will unlikely sign a centre-back this year.

Ronald Araujo and his Barcelona journey

Ronald Araujo has established himself as one of the best defenders of his generation since breaking into the first-team squad at FC Barcelona. The Uruguayan international had to bide his time before becoming a regular at the back for the Blaugrana. However, he has not looked back in the last few years, considerably rising in stature and becoming one of the club’s vice-captains.

The Uruguayan international, a mainstay at the back for his club and country, has turned out 150 times thus far for Barcelona, chipping in with eight goals and five assists. However, Araujo’s long-term Barcelona future is uncertain due to the never-ending financial issues at the club.

Such a situation has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe. Premier League bigwigs, in particular, are keen on securing Araujo’s services in the summer transfer window. Recent reports have linked the 25-year-old Barcelona defensive mainstay with Aston Villa.

The Aston Villa rumour

Aston Villa will delve into the market for several signings in the summer transfer window after returning to the UEFA Champions League. Widespread reports have claimed they will aim to sign a top-class centre-back, with Ronald Araujo emerging as a target for the West Midlands club this week.

However, Aston Villa’s interest in Araujo is surprising, considering Unai Emery has several centre-backs in his squad. The report by Helena Condis has echoed that notion, with Aston Villa happy with the four central defenders. In addition, they have labelled recent links with Araujo an “epic and incredible invention”.

With Aston Villa ruling out a move for Araujo, it will be interesting to see if Barcelona can hold on to the Uruguayan international. However, with the 25-year-old also a target for other European heavyweights, a summer transfer might still be on the cards.

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