Chelsea make ‘powerful offer’ for Barca defender Araujo, see him as Rudiger’s replacement

Following a report from reliable Spanish media publication Sport, Chelsea are ‘in contact’ with Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo.

The Blues have a ‘powerful offer’ for the defender, who they see as Antonio Rudiger’s replacement.

Rudiger’s deal expires at the end of this season but he has not yet signed a new deal with the club, leaving his future up in the air.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have ‘already made an approach’, willing to offer more than double what Barcelona are currently giving him.

Araujo is 22 years old, has started 12 of Barca’s league games this season and averages 1.1 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per game.

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