The German version of Sky Sports reported on the 4th (Korea time), “The fact that Araujo is an absolute ‘dream player’ for Bayern Munich remains. Bayern Munich is willing to spend 60 million euros on Araujo. However, Araujo’s winter transfer will not be possible.”
Bayern Munich, which is facing the winter break, is actively moving in the transfer market to strengthen its power. What they are looking for in the upcoming transfer market is a central defender, with only Matthijs de Licht (24) and Dayo Upamecano (25) remaining as Kim Min-jae (27) leaves for the Asian Cup stage. The two players have been suffering from injuries throughout the season, and have been paired up with Kim Min-jae alternately.
At a time when Kim Min-jae could miss up to six games, it is a huge burden for Tuchel to block the center with two defenders. In response, Bayern Munich planned to add a central defender even by spending a lot of money. The “target” that Bayern Munich prioritizes is Araujo, and Tuchel fell in love with Araujo, paying attention to his physicality and multitude.
The problem is that Barcelona has declared “no sale” regarding Araujo. Barcelona has decided that Araujo is a defender who will take responsibility for the present and future of the team, and is preparing to renew his contract with him. It has already shown its commitment to never sell Araujo, setting a clause on his allowable release amount (buyout) at 1 billion euros. Barcelona intends to sell Araujo only when its financial situation worsens further.
Spanish media Sport reported on the 4th that “Araujo will leave only when requested by the club due to Barcelona’s poor finances. It is clear that the sale of Araujo for an astronomical fee could end the club’s financial problems in an instant. Barcelona does not want to hear about Araujo’s transfer at the moment, but is trying to renew his contract with Araujo, who is underpaid.”
Bayern Munich has also expressed interest in Fikayo Tomori (26, AC Milan) and Trevor Chalova (24, Chelsea) in case they fail to bring Araujo to the club. It has already contacted AC Milan for information regarding Tomori, but AC Milan has refused to move to Bayern Munich. Tomori is also currently injured, so it is unlikely that he will be able to transfer for the time being.
In the case of Chalova, the player’s recovery process goes smoothly, and she can return to action as early as the end of January. As a result, the possibility arose that Bayern Munich could approach Chalova again and offer him a loan transfer at the last minute of the transfer market.