FC Barcelona and Club Atlético Boca Juniors have reached a pre-agreement for the services of Sergio Araujo, who will join Barça B on loan. The 20-year-old player is currently en route to Barcelona, with the permission of the Argentine club, to undergo a medical and sign his contract.
Off-the-bench asset for Boca Juniors
Known as “Chino,” Sergio Araujo, born on January 28 in 1992, in Buenos Aires, quickly outgrew the youth teams at Club Atlético Atlanta. His talent was spotted by the Argentine scout Ramón Maddoni, who bought him to Club Parque, where Maradona and Riquelme both played.
Araujo worked his way through the youth teams of the Xeneize club until he made his debut in 2009 with the first team in the Apertura Tournament. Alfio Basile sent in the youngster in the second half against Banfield.
Since then, the Buenos Aires-born player has come into Boca Junior’s matches as a substitute. Araujo, who plays as a ‘media punta’ and second forward, has pace and is technically gifted. He scored his first goal as a professional player on November 21, 2010, against Arsenal Sarandí.
The youngster has earned himself a permanent spot on Argentina’s national youth teams. He was part of the Argentina team that finished in second spot at the U-17 South American championship in 2009 -where he scored three goals-, and later in 2011, he was part of the Argentina team that finished third in the U-20 South American championship.