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Man Utd suffer setback as Aston Villa prepare offer to sign £68m target

Manchester United could miss out on signing Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo as Aston Villa consider a surprise transfer offer.

Araujo has been on the Red Devils’ radar for the past few years. He was linked with a move to Old Trafford in 2022 before signing a new contract.

The Uruguayan has re-emerged as a target for United in the last few weeks. Sport recently reported that the club will submit a formal offer for Araujo if he decides to leave Barcelona.

The same publication claim Villa are now planning an audacious move for him. Manager Unai Emery and sporting director Monchi contacted the La Liga club last month.

With Champions League football now secured, the Midlands outfit are prepared to make a big outlay to sign Araujo as a replacement for Diego Carlos, who has been put up for sale.

The central defender currently has a market value of around €80 million (£68m), but Villa are quite clear they won’t pay such a huge transfer fee.

Barcelona seem desperate with a big-money sale required by June 30 to balance their financial books.

Missing out on Araujo to Villa would be a setback

The Red Devils are set to part ways with Raphael Varane when his contract expires on June 30.

The club will need a marquee replacement for the World Cup winner and Araujo would be an ideal transfer candidate.

The Uruguayan’s injury record is concerning, but he would still be a good addition to the squad with his strong ball-playing ability and defensive skills.

Villa’s interest has come out of the blue, and it would be a setback for the Red Devils if they won the race for Araujo.

Barcelona may have to reduce the price with their Financial Fair Play concerns and could be willing to sell him for around €60m (£51m) this summer.

Villa’s Champions League qualification gives them a financial boost, and it is unclear whether United can provide stiff competition in the player’s pursuit.

While the Red Devils are expected to go on a spending spree, the main concern is whether they can afford to land Araujo before June 30 due to their financial issues.

The club are close to breaching the Profitability and Sustainability spending limits and may need player sales first to balance their books before making a move for Araujo.

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