Barcelona, although they wanted Araújo, did not succeed as he was only 18 seconds late.
The football director of Barcelona, Matteo Alemany, announced that a problem in the system cost them not to meet the midnight deadline.
As he stated, he resorted to FIFA in order to investigate whether the transfer could be carried out. At the same time, he emphasized that the player would come to the “blaugrana” in order to integrate into the B team, due to his young age, but also to get games under his feet.
The two teams had agreed on a deal that reached 6.5 million. The 21-year-old Araujo was born in the United States and plays for LA Galaxy, from which he would be transferred to Barcelona. He competes as a right back and counts 100 appearances with the Galaxy where he has been playing since 2019.
The Catalans are still trying to extricate themselves from the harsh financial sanctions imposed on them, as a result of which they will not make any transfers in January. Nevertheless, they managed to give Gavi a professional contract. Xavi’s side got out of the way some contracts that were bothering them, such as that of Pique who retired, Memphis Depay who was loaned to Atletico, and Hector Bergerin who traveled to Lisbon on behalf of Sporting.
Edited by: Vassilis Macheiras
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