Julian Araujo training with LA Galaxy while waiting for FIFA news on Barca switch
The defender wants to come to Barcelona but the deal was sealed 18 seconds late
Julián Araujo trained today with LA Galaxy while waiting for FIFA to decide if his move to Barça Atletic will happen. The Mexican full-back is preparing with his team for his return to MLS at the end of February, but his mind is still in Barcelona.
Barça reached an agreement with the player and the Galaxy to incorporate the Mexican, but the documentation arrived late by eighteen seconds. The Blaugrana argue they were foiled by computer problems and has taken the case to FIFA, which should be solved tomorrow, all parties being optimistic.
The Mexican, who has been an international with the United States national team in youth categories, would arrive to reinforce Rafa Márquez's reserve team, although he would likely be included in the first team dynamic and with the possibility of making his debut, as right-back is a position with little cover in Xavi's squad.
If FIFA decide that the operation is valid, Julian Araujo would travel immediately to Barcelona. Barça will pay two million for 50 per cent of the player's rights, with the possibility of paying a further two million for another 40 per cent at a later date. In any case, at the end of the season he could break this commitment and everything would remain a simple loan.
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