Dani Alves told Sports that ‘every team’ in the world should have players of Ronald Araujo’s caliber as Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a transfer and Barcelona are in talks about a new deal.
The Brazilian has seen the Uruguayan up close since his Camp Nou return in November. Xavi Hernandez made his Blaugrana icon his first signing after replacing Ronald Koeman in November. Since then he has played 10 games in all competitions.
Of the right-back’s appearances, eight have come alongside Araujo while he has kept three clean sheets – including Real Madrid’s exclusion. Araujo, unlike Alves, started in El Clasico as he is a mainstay of the Catalan giants, making 35 appearances this season and scoring four goals.
Araujo’s latest goal came when he played in Alves’ position at the Santiago Bernabeu to double Barcelona’s lead. The Camp Nou hierarchy are now hoping to extend his contract at the club and are on the verge of getting the 23-year-old to put pen to paper as his current deal expires in 2023.
Dani Alves thinks ‘every team’ should have Arsenal’s target Araujo from Barcelona
Corresponding Mundo Deportivo, Araujo has agreed to sign a contract until 2026 and raise his release clause to €1bn (£835m). Offers for a move to the Premier League have failed to persuade the defender to leave Spain, despite the lavish fortunes at his disposal in England.
Arsenal were among the sides interested in signing Araujo, who Sports Claim has a 200 million euro clause in his current Barcelona contract. ABC The Gunners and Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay him more than €8m a season (£128,000 a week) to leave the Camp Nou.
However, a Barcelona-to-Arsenal transfer for Araujo in the summer transfer window is now very unlikely. And Alves will no doubt be delighted he is staying, having hailed Araujo as the captain-caliber centre-back that any team in the world would love to boast of.
“He’s an indispensable footballer type in a squad,” he says called. “Every team should have players of its profile. people with strength, character. It is natural for him to be like that. He can be a great leader in the dressing room in the rebuilding process.
“When veterans go for a while, people like him have to take a step forward. It’s very important in a team to have players like Ronald. Football isn’t just about dressing up and going out to play. It takes a little more to create a good atmosphere.”
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/09/essential-alves-feels-every-team-should-have-128k-a-w-arsenal-target/ Alves thinks ‘every team’ should have an Arsenal target of £128,000 a week