According to Ferran Martínez of Mundo Deportivo (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), the Bavarians could be eyeing a transfer splurge next summer — and not in January for the Uruguayan as some have suggested:
Bayern and their coach, Thomas Tuchel, are going all out for Ronald Araújo. The German champions are pushing and have presented the player with an attractive financial and sporting project. Araújo has outright said ‘no’ to a January move because he’s focused and committed to Barcelona — but in the summer he may have a rethink.
Money doesn’t matter to the player, but what tempts him is the sporting project. He is very competitive and wants to win many titles. His goal is to win big titles with Barça, the club that took him to the top level - but Bayern’s proposal is very tempting, with the possibility of winning the Champions League, and the German club is insistent.
For this reason, Araújo wants to wait and see the development around Barcelona this season. He feels very good at Barça, but wants to see the team’s progress.
A move for Araújo during the summer would almost assuredly spell the end of one of the line for at least one of the current Bayern Munich center-backs. Given the the criticism that he endured from Tuchel earlier in the season, it would not be shocking to see Matthijs de Ligt move on if the club acquires another central defender.
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