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Barcelona to appeal to FIFA over Julian Araujo’s failed transfer on deadline day

Barcelona are planning to lodge an appeal to FIFA in the wake of the failed deadline-day transfer of LA Galaxy full-back Julian Araujo, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan club had reached an agreement with the Major Leage Soccer outfit but missed the deadline by a few minutes to finalise the contract, eventually causing the deal to collapse.

The Blaugrana have now decided to take the matters to FIFA in a bid to resurrect the deal. They are also optimistic that they have enough evidence of paperwork being sent in time to LA Galaxy.

If the deal goes through, the Mexican would arrive at Camp Nou on loan for the remainder of the season, with Barca having the option to make his transfer permanent for around €5 million next summer.

Although Barca will play him initially with the reserve side, he could soon be integrated into the first team to bolster the right-back slot due to Hector Bellerin’s exit.

The 21-year-old is considered among the talented youngsters in MLS, making more than 100 appearances for LA Galaxy.

Araujo also boasts impressive numbers – ten assists in the last two seasons combined. He also has three international caps to his name.

Jules Kounde has been a revelation at the right-back position this term, making a smooth transition from his preferred centre-back role.

Araujo will be a much-needed upgrade over Sergi Roberto and the perfect back-up for Kounde.

The Catalan giants are on a hot streak, winning eight games on the trot in all competitions. They top the La Liga table with 47 points, five points ahead of Real Madrid.

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