Liverpool have set their sights on Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo, according to Sport.

The 22-year-old has now become a regular in the Catalan club’s back four and has all the qualities to become one of the best centre-backs in the world. His contract expires in 2023 and the renewal can be ‘complicated’ because Premier League sides are ‘lurking’.

Xavi Hernández’s side are aware there is ‘enormous interest’ from England in the player, due to his ‘physical characteristics’. When talking about the suitors, the Merseyside club get a mention.

It’s claimed the Reds are ‘ready to take the step’ to sign the Uruguay international next summer, when he will have 12 months left on his current deal. Jürgen Klopp’s side can propose better wages than what the Spanish club can offer.

Liverpool’s interest could force the Blaugrana to step up their efforts to secure the player’s long-term future.

It ‘would be a serious mistake’ to let him leave and to avoid this possibility, Mateu Alemany wants to ‘immediately summon his agent’.

Araújo wants to continue at Barcelona, but he needs to feel valued. That can be done by offering him a better contract as his current salary is 10 times less than what his colleagues at the Camp Nou are earning.

Barcelona will try to convince him to continue at the club.

Sport warns that in England, where Liverpool are ‘lurking’, they can offer a lot of money to centre-backs like Araújo.