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Barcelona close to signing Ronald Araujo - report

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The defender will join Barcelona B initially

FC Barcelona v Boca Juniors - Joan Gamper Trophy Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona are about through searching for a solid right centre-back for the bench. The search seems to be up with Ronald Araujo coming to Barcelona on a move from Boston River, according to AS. He starred for Uruguay’s Under-20s and is likely to head to Barcelona’s B team.

The move would be a solid end to a hunt for a central defender. Barcelona had spent time pursuing different youngsters, but when it came down to it Araujo was the best move.

A failed attempt to land Boca Juniors Leonardo Balerdi meant signing Araujo was the club’s best move towards finding a good young defender to build with.

Araujo is expected to join Francisco Javier García Pimienta’s Barcelona B for the season. The team kicked off their new campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Alcoyano.