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Manchester United Launches £45m Bid For Everton’s Branthwaite

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Man United have finally made their first bid for Everton’s young defender Jarrad Branthwaite. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who looks after United’s football operations, said yes to the deal.

They want to pay £45 million with extra bits. That breaks down to £35 million first, then another £10 million later. But Everton might say no.

They think the 21-year-old should cost between £60 million and £70 million.

Everton, however, faces financial challenges which might influence their decision.

Manager Sean Dyche has acknowledged that the club might need to entertain offers for some of their players due to these constraints. Branthwaite, being one of their most valuable assets, is likely to attract considerable interest.

Jarrad Branthwaite

The club’s recent issues with profitability and sustainability rules, which they previously breached, may not significantly impact this negotiation, potentially giving Everton a stronger position in bargaining.

During a very upsetting season for Everton, Branthwaite stood out with impressive performances.

His skills and potential were further recognized when he was included in Gareth Southgate’s 33-man training group for the Euro 2024, although he did not make the final 26-player squad.

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Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, who recently retained his position, sees Branthwaite as a vital addition to the team’s defense.

Last season, Ten Hag had to field 15 different central defensive combinations due to an injury-plagued campaign for his first-choice centre-back, Lisandro Martínez.

With Raphaël Varane’s recent departure from Old Trafford, the left-footed Branthwaite is viewed as a significant upgrade and a versatile option for United’s defense.

Jarrad Branthwaite

With Dan Ashworth still on break and yet to start his job as United’s sporting director, Jason Wilcox, the tech director, is now leading the club’s summer signings.

Under him, the team is looking to add important players to get stronger.

Getting Branthwaite is a smart plan to make United’s defense better, offering both top skills now and promise for the future.

As talks go on, it’s unclear if Everton will want more money or if United will change their bid to meet Everton’s valuation.

The transfer window promises to be a busy period for Manchester United as they aim to secure key signings that can enhance their competitiveness in both domestic and European competitions. With Branthwaite’s potential move being a priority, United fans eagerly await further developments in this ongoing saga.

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