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The new “Carles Puyol” will solve the central defender problem for Chelsea

07 Feb 2022 | 04:33 | Football

The Uruguayan national player is a promising deal with the London team. The remaining issue lies on the negotiating table between the two clubs.

Chelsea will need to add a quality central defender. That’s what all London fans agree on at the moment. The Blues are in danger of parting ways with one of the three stars, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen at the end of the season.

That is the reason why coach Thomas Tuchel quickly looks for a quality midfielder in the transfer market. Chelsea were very close to Jules Kounde last summer. However, the final deal did not happen.
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Rudiger’s future is uncertain at Chelsea.

At the moment, the latest face linked to Chelsea is Ronald Araujo . The contract between the Uruguayan national player and Barcelona is still valid for 18 months. The salary disagreement with Barcelona could lead to Araujo’s decision to leave the Nou Camp.

Meanwhile, Barcelona prioritized a contract extension with Araujo because Xavi Hernandez views the 22-year-old student as the present and future of the home team’s defense system.

Sport reports, Chelsea is one of the top clubs interested in Araujo. The negotiation process between the 22-year-old midfielder and Barcelona continues to be frozen.
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The Uruguayan midfielder was linked to Chelsea.

Besides Chelsea, both Liverpool, PSG and Bayern Munich want to own Araujo’s signature. The transfer fee of the 22-year-old midfielder is about 40 million euros. Sharing about the student’s future, Xavi said:

It is a priority. Araujo is a very important central defender for us. He helps, brings a lot of value to Barcelona. We are really pleased with his performance.”

Araujo is a star loved by everyone. Barcelona prioritized extending his contract. Araujo is the present and the future of the team,” commented Xavi.
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Araujo had a great promotion.

The Uruguayan midfielder has made great progress since arriving at the Nou Camp in 2018 from Uruguayan club Boston River. Araujo  made his Barcelona debut in October 2019.

The star born in 1999 began to play more often during the reign of former coach Ronald Koeman in the 2020/2021 season when old general Gerard Pique was sidelined by injury. A hamstring problem in October last year invisibly disrupted Araujo’s development this season.

So what are the outstanding strengths of the player born in 1999 that make Chelsea crave? Experts liken Araujo as Barcelona’s new Carles Puyol because of his aggressive but very wise play .
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Can Barcelona keep Araujo?

With the ideal height, Araujo is always aggressive when defending, while keeping a cool head in situations and hot spots on the field. The Uruguayan is a modern defender with good footwork and an impressive technical background.

His good footwork and accurate passing rate make Araujo the ball distributor in Barcelona’s backline. Former coach Koeman praised the student: “Araujo possesses many good qualities. At some point, he will become an irreplaceable pillar of Barcelona.

Although the name is not too prominent, however, Chelsea has a good reason to pursue Araujo. At the age of 22, the Uruguayan midfielder is considered an investment for the long-term future of the Blues.