Ronald Araujo, whose contract with Barcelona runs till the summer of 2023, has rejected the club’s opening contract extension offer.
Negotiations between the two parties took place last week, but Barcelona offer for the player was turned down immediately.
Though the two parties will return to the negotiating table at a later date.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in the services of the Uruguayan.
Marca reported that Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany has made Araujo’s contract extension a priority, giving his youth and potential, as well as the fact that the defence has been a troubled position for the club in recent years.
Araujo also wants to stay, but is holding out for a deal that he feels aptly reflects his ability and performances.