The defensive department has experienced a handful of injuries so far this season and Tuchel will also be without both Kim Min-jae and Noussair Mazraoui for the duration that they are respectively with South Korea and Morocco for the Asian Cup and the African Cup of Nations. Not to mention, Matthijs de Ligt has only just come back from injury himself.
For as long as Bayern has been linked with a potential winter move for Araújo, the biggest concern regarding a move for him was the price involved. His current contract with Barcelona runs through June 2026 and he is currently valuated at around €70 million, which generally speaking, is not a fee Bayern would probably have been willing to pay for him.
Per new information from Spanish journalists Joan Poquí and Ferran Martínez of MundoDeportivo (as per @iMiaSanMia), Araújo has informed Tuchel that he is not interested in making a January move to Bayern. He has made it clear that, for now, he is fully focused on the remainder of the season with Barcelona, who are currently third in the La Liga table behind Girona and Real Madrid and slated to face SSC Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 next month.
While he is closed off to a move during the January transfer window, Araújo did not close the door entirely to a potential move to the Rekordmeister in the future. He could even be open to a move to Munich as early as this summer, as it is said he likes the project at the club and sees high chances of winning the Champions League with Bayern. However, he does still want to see how Barcelona continues to develop during the remainder of this season.
If Bayern was to make an attempt to sign Araújo during the summer transfer window, it is more than likely that it would require a fee in the region of €100 million to pry him away from the Catalans. For Bayern, aside from the blockbuster move of Harry Kane from Tottenham this past summer, that is not a fee they would normally be accustomed to entertaining.