FIFA Rejects Barcelona’s Bid for Julian Araujo from LA Galaxy
FIFA has declined Barcelona’s bid to transfer Julian Araujo from LA Galaxy, due to the late submission of transfer documentation. Both teams appealed the decision, but FIFA confirmed that the transfer did not meet the applicable regulations. Barcelona’s Director of Football, Mateu Alemany, admitted that a system error caused the club to miss the deadline by just 18 seconds.
This means that Barcelona cannot sign anyone else until the Summer transfer window. Barcelona had submitted a second offer for the player, requesting a one-year loan with an obligational purchase option if certain goals were met. This move would have seen Araujo replace Hector Bellerin, who joined Sporting CP.
The young right-back strongly pushed for the move to Barcelona and expressed his desire to play in Europe, saying,
“I definitely want to go to Europe. It’s my dream. My goal is to reach my highest potential and I feel like going to Europe will help me do that.”Julian Araujo
Araujo’s impressive 2022 MLS campaign caught the attention of several European teams, including Porto, Sevilla, and Rennes. If LA Galaxy do not sell Araujo to Barcelona, the MLS team intends to offload him in the Summer transfer window. With nine assists and 14 goal attempts in 33 games and a total of one goal and 20 assists in 100 appearances for the Galaxy, the defender has established himself as a top young talent in Major League Soccer and earned appearances with the Mexican national team.
As a result of FIFA’s denial, Barcelona is unable to sign any players until the summer transfer window. This setback is a disappointment for the La Liga club, who were looking to fill the void left by Hector Bellerin, who recently joined Sporting CP. However, Julian’s impressive performances for the LA Galaxy and the Mexican national team have not gone unnoticed. He remains a highly sought-after player in the world of football. With his determination to reach his highest potential, it won’t be long before other top teams come knocking.