Julián Araujo completes Barcelona transfer after switch deadline day drama

Julián Araujo’s transfer to Barcelona was lastly accomplished Friday because the LA Galaxy introduced the defender’s switch.

The 21-year-old Southern California native will play proper again for Barcelona’s “B” crew.

Barcelona mentioned earlier this month that it had tried to signal Araujo however that an unspecified technical glitch meant it had missed the winter market deadline by 18 seconds.

At that time, Barcelona’s director of soccer, Mateu Alemany, mentioned the Spanish membership was speaking to FIFA to see whether or not the switch may nonetheless be accomplished. Barcelona was capable of end the deal after reportedly interesting to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Barcelona mentioned Araujo has agreed to a contract for the rest of this season plus three extra. The Galaxy will retain a sell-on share of the switch charge if Araujo is bought to a different membership.

“He went up through every emotion there was through the process. From being flattered and excited to a club like Barcelona wants you to the possibility that the deal wasn’t going to be in place to negotiation,” Galaxy coach and sporting director Greg Vanney mentioned. “This is a big move to a club like Barcelona. He has an opportunity to get settled in.”

Araujo got here up by means of the LA Galaxy’s academy program earlier than taking part in 4 seasons in MLS. He made 89 begins in 100 regular-season appearances with LA and has been a two-time All-Star choice.

Araujo performed in 39 video games final season with 35 begins. He had one objective with a career-high 9 assists.

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Araujo has additionally made two begins and three appearances for Mexico.

“This was a move that was too good to decline. We knew that he was going to be leaving at some point. The timing was great because it was at the end of the window,” Vanney mentioned. “There is a real understanding that players can develop and get better and move on to a world-class club.”

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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