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Man City are now eyeing a summer transfer move for £101m Barcelona player 

The 2024 summer transfer window has been a quiet one for Manchester City so far.

As things stand, the Manchester club have not sealed any deals that have seen a player join or leave the Etihad Stadium.

In the previous summer window, the Blues brought in Jeremy Doku, Josko Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes and Mateo Kovacic and saw Cole Palmer, Ilkay Gundogan, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez leave.

Even though the 2024 European Championship and Copa America are currently taking place, some behind-the-scenes information has come to light regarding one player the Citizens have their eyes on.

(L-R) Federico Valverde, Sergio Rochet and Ronald Araujo of Uruguay line up prior to the CONMEBOL Copa America 2024 Group C match between Uruguay a...
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Man City and Newcastle United eyeing transfer move for Ronald Araujo

According to journalist Marcos Benito (via El Chiringuito), City and Newcastle United are interested in signing Ronald Araujo, who Barcelona are struggling to tie down to a new contract and would demand a transfer fee of €120m (£101m) to sell this summer.

City don’t need to sign Araujo

During his time at Barcelona, the 25-year-old has made 150 senior appearances for the Spanish club across all competitions, chipping in with eight goals and five assists.

Looking back over the previous La Liga season, the Uruguay international ended the campaign with the second-highest total of clearances (66) and aerial duels won (60) in the Barcelona squad.

Despite that, Araujo only earned himself an overall season rating of 6.75/10 from WhoScored, making him the 13th-highest-rated player at the Spanish club.

Even though Araujo has proved himself to be a capable defender, we have doubts over whether Pep Guardiola’s side need to bring the Barcelona player to Manchester.

Not only do City already have a healthy number of defenders in their squad, but the amount of money it would apparently take for them to land a deal for the Uruguayan is rather immense.

Therefore, we think the Premier League champions should forget about making a move for Araujo if they are indeed looking at signing him in the first place.

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