It looks like Julian Araujo’s Barcelona transfer story is finally over. Contract and fee hurdles have delayed the move in January until now. Araujo joins Barça on a permanent deal worth around $4 million, keeping his deal until 2026.
Both teams had previously made plans for the January transfer window deadline. However, it seems he was 18 seconds too late in handing over the contract. Despite protests by both clubs over their refusal to confirm the transfer, FIFA upheld its original decision.
Barça are pretty desperate to add another right winger to their team. After allowing Hector Bellerin to join Sporting, the club now has only Sergi Roberto. However, Roberto has only started five league games this season. Instead, head coach Xavi recently opted for the quintessential centre-back Jules Kunde for the right-back position.
The defender is still out of a LaLiga match at Barça
However, there is one rather important caveat to Araujo joining Barça. The 21-year-old defender will not be able to play for his senior side at Barça for the remainder of the current campaign. Instead, Araujo is forced to join the club’s B team.
But there are interesting Mexican links with Barça’s secondary side. Former Mexican legend Rafa Marquez is now coaching a team called Barcelona Atletico. Although born in the United States, Araujo has made three official appearances for the Mexican national team.
Mexican legend reveals deal
Marquez also confirmed that Araujo has moved to sports media outlet Lelebo. “It wasn’t my request, but I’m glad he came. They were already watching him before I arrived,” Marquez said.
“Now the situation has arisen and I am delighted. He will be with me for a while and then move to the first team. I hope
Marquez will join Barcelona Atletico in the summer of 2022 on a two-year deal. The former defender led his U15 side at RSD Alcalá in the 2020/21 season.
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