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Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo might stay put despite ongoing contract talks, with a change in management influencing his decision.

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Reports suggest a rift between Araujo and former coach Xavi Hernandez. Public criticism, particularly after the red card against PSG, left Araujo feeling exposed. This negativity may have pushed him towards an exit.

With Hansi Flick potentially taking the reins from Xavi, Araujo seems more open to renewing his contract. However, his desire to compete for major trophies remains a concern.


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Barcelona’s financial struggles might hinder their ability to significantly strengthen the squad this summer. This lack of ambition could be a deal-breaker for Araujo.

Araujo hasn’t yet responded to Barcelona’s contract offer. He’ll likely wait to see if the club can bring in reinforcements before deciding his future as the club needs to sell players to improve their finances. Araujo, with his talent and transfer marketability, appears to be a prime candidate for departure. Clubs like Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea are reportedly interested.

His future at Barcelona is far from certain. The new manager, potential reinforcements, and his own desire for trophies will likely influence his decision. While a renewal remains a possibility, a lucrative transfer away seems equally likely.

Meanwhile…

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has promised a significant summer transfer window, with a complete revamp of the first team squad on the cards.

The first order of business is player departures. The sporting department has identified four players deemed surplus to requirements: Mario Hermoso, Gabriel Paulista, Stefan Savic, and Javi Galan (currently on loan at Real Sociedad). Additionally, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar, Memphis Depay, and Alvaro Morata could be shown the door if suitable bids arrive.

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Atletico are looking to fill the void with up to seven new signings. Their shopping list includes two center-backs, a left wing-back, one or two midfielders, and one or two attackers. This overhaul signifies a major shift for Simeone, known for his preference for a settled squad.

With a significant squad shake-up planned, it seems Simeone is ready for a new chapter at Atletico Madrid. Whether these changes translate into on-field success remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Atletico fans are in for an exciting transfer window.

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