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Club ‘Braced For Another Offer’ From United For £70M Rated Defender

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BACK David Tully Jun 23rd 2024 Manchester United are expected to table a second bid for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite, according to the Daily Mail. The Red Devils have already had an opening proposal worth up to £45m knocked back but the Mail report that the Toffees are now “braced for another offer”. It had been suggested that Erik ten Hag’s side were threatening to withdraw from talks due to Branthwaite’s sky-high asking price. Everton are said to be holding out for around £70m; a figure that United are not prepared to match, but it appears they will persist with their pursuit of the player. Why are the club pursuing Branthwaite? Raphael Varane will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the month, while Victor Lindelof has been heavily linked with a transfer to Turkey. If Jonny Evans is not handed a contract extension, ten Hag could be left with just two senior centre-halves in Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire. With that being the case, the Red Devils have made strengthening the middle of defence a top priority for the summer transfer window, with Branthwaite seemingly their preferred option. Are United looking at other centre-backs? The club were keen on recruiting Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice, but UEFA have blocked the move on the grounds that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS group have controlling stakes in both clubs. It has also been confirmed that United have been in touch with the representatives of Lille’s Leny Yoro. However, the teenager is believed to favour a switch to Real Madrid, which means a transfer to Manchester looks very unlikely at this stage. Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi and Bayer Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt are also on the club’s radar but, for the time being, Branthwaite is the no.1 target. Watch Football and Sport programmes on Shots! here David Tully David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World’s Football News Network.

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