Date: 14th May 2024 at 6:09am
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Manchester United will aim to return to winning ways when they face Newcastle United on Wednesday. 

The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 by Premier League title chasing Arsenal last time out, having been beaten 4-0 by Crystal Palace last week.

Their poor form has piled pressure on manager Erik ten Hag, who looks increasingly likely to be sacked by the club this summer.

In the meantime, though, United have learned the asking price for one of their transfer targets ahead of the upcoming summer window.

According to Spanish publication SPORT via 90min, Barcelona value defender Ronald Araujo at around £85 million.

The centre-back is a target for the Red Devils as they look to bolster their defensive options, but the La Liga side will demand a high price to consider selling the player.

Araujo is a target for Man United this summer

Araujo, 25, joined Barcelona from Uruguayan side Boston River in 2018, initially joining Barca B before progressing into the first team in 2020.

He has made a total of 149 appearances for the Spanish side across all competitions, winning the La Liga title, Spanish Super Cup and Copa Del Ray.

Despite United’s interest in the Uruguay international, the report suggests that German giants Bayern Munich are currently leading the race to sign Araujo this summer.

Bayern would be able to offer Araujo a lucrative financial package, the report claims, and Barcelona could use the sum raised by the potential sale to fund new signings in midfield and attack.

Araujo’s current contract with Barcelona is set to run until the end of the 2025/26 season, and the club could therefore decide to cash in on him this summer if a suitable offer is received.

United are set to be in the market for defensive reinforcements with both Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans set to depart the club this summer.

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