Man Utd and Chelsea are “on alert” as Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has rejected the club’s offer of a new contract, according to reports.
The centre-back has been linked with a move to the Premier League over the past couple of months.
The Uraguay international signed for Barcelona in 2019. He made his senior debut for them during the 2019/20 campaign as he played six times in La Liga.
Araujo has established himself as a mainstay for Barcelona as he has played 63 times across all competitions. His current contract expires in 2023.
Spanish outlet Marca are reporting that the player has rejected Barcelona’s “opening contract extension offer”.
This news is said to have put Man Utd and Chelsea “on alert”. The report adds that Araujo “could be tempted by a mega offer from some of the world’s richest clubs”.
“I think it would be something casual. It wouldn’t be like ‘Go and poach him’ or anything like that. But, you know, have a chat and see what his plans are.
“Where does he like to eat? That type of thing. Have a conversation.
“There were two or three times it happened with England with me, where I spoke to Alan Shearer during Euro 96, you know, I had a conversation with him.
“I was more junior at that time so I couldn’t have a serious conversation with him. Definitely with Wayne Rooney, we had a little chat. But he was a younger player, so you can’t put too much pressure on.”
Neville continued: “With Steven [Gerrard], it was a full-on assault. Let’s get him out of there. I want him out of there.
“To be fair, Stevie’s answer, he said: ‘My family and I would never be able to go back to Liverpool ever again’.
“It was a very short conversation. He was very loyal, Liverpool fans. John Terry probably got about ten minutes out of him and I got about 30 seconds.”