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Man United attempting to sign 21-year-old before the end of June, ‘expecting’ transfer to be complete over next few weeks: report

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Man United are wanting to complete a deal to sign Jarrad Branthwaite before the end of June.

Manchester United simply have no choice but to acquire at least one centre-half this summer. The Old Trafford club require some extra defensive help after losing Raphael Varane, who has been released upon the expiry of his contract.

Perhaps the name most-linked with filling the void left by the Frenchman is Jarrad Branthwaite. The Everton man enjoyed a stellar season for The Toffees, contributing heavily as the Merseyside club staved off relegation.

Branthwaite looked nailed on to feature in the England squad for the European Championships though yesterday, the centre-back was snubbed from Three Lions duty over in Germany.

Now, the Liverpool Echo have provided an update on his club future as they claim United are attempting to sign the 21-year-old before the end of June. This saga would have likely dragged on for another month if Branthwaite was named in Gareth Southgate’s final squad.

However, United could look to use his omission to their advantage. Reds chiefs are now ‘expecting’ the transfer to be complete over the next few weeks, before June 30th.

Everton are said to be holding out for a £75m transfer fee, which feels quite expensive, though you’re paying for genuine longevity if you sign Branthwaite.

Another concern could be the fact that the defender has been dealing with a groin issue, which could require minor surgery to fix. There’s a chance his pre-season could be disrupted due to the injury.

Yes, this would be the majority of the summer budget gone, but Branthwaite is exactly the sort of player profile United should be looking at. I genuinely believe this would be a worthwhile signing if the Reds could get a deal done.

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