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Louis Saha Says Erik Ten Hag Will Have An “Unusual” Problem To Solve If United Go Ahead With £70M Transfer

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BACK David Tully Jun 20th 2024 Ex-Manchester United striker Louis Saha says signing Jarrad Branthwaite will give manager Erik ten Hag a problem to solve in the middle of defence. The Red Devils have already had a £35m (plus add-ons) bid rejected by Everton for the player but, speaking to Paddy Power, Saha claims that, if Branthwaite does eventually make the move to Old Trafford, ten Hag will be in the “unusual” situation of having two first-choice centre-backs who are left-footed: “I could see Jarrad Branthwaite at Manchester United – he’s the type of player who seems to be ready to work on his potential and step up in that place. He’s a player with all the qualities, his awareness and quality is good. There is the setup there for him to learn from Lisandro Martinez.” “There may be questions because Martínez will play on the left and he will want to do the same, you need to think about this because you need to have a balanced defence. Having two left-footed centre-backs is unusual, so they’ll need to find out what works best for Erik ten Hag’s style of play.” Will Branthwaite sign for United? As things stand, there is believed to be a sizeable gap between the two club’s valuation of the player. Everton are reportedly demanding upwards of £70m for Branthwaite, citing the transfers of Wesley Fofana and Josko Gvardiol as examples for why his asking price is so high. United, meanwhile, believe the Toffees’ current demands are unrealistic and they are threatening to withdraw from talks if they don’t back down on the fee. Are other centre-backs being targeted? The Red Devils were also pursuing a deal for Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo but UEFA have blocked the transfer on the grounds that INEOS own both teams. Alternatives such as Lille’s Leny Yoro, Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi and Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt could be considered instead. 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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