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Romano Says There is A “Real Issue” That Could Scupper £70M Move Despite United Agreeing £160K p/w Contract

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BACK David Tully Jun 15th 2024 Everton’s sky-high asking price could prevent Jarrad Branthwaite from moving to Manchester United, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano confirmed reports that the defender has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils, but he says the “real issue” will be agreeing a transfer fee with his club: “What I can confirm on the player side is that the player would be happy to join Manchester United, even without Champions League football, the player is keen.” “Personal terms are not a problem. The Times yesterday night reported this story and on the player side there is no issue, Branthwaite would be keen on joining Manchester United.” “The real issue is Everton, they have no intention to negotiate a normal fee or an acceptable fee. At the moment they are asking for big money, something around £65m-£70m, not less than this.” United still have to make more progress on the deal It is believed that Branthwaite would earn between £150,000 and £160,000 a week if he does secure a move to Old Trafford. Getting an agreement with his club may be more difficult, although it should be pointed out that Everton are under massive pressure to sell players. A takeover of the club has collapsed so funds need to be raised. It remains to be seen, though, whether the Toffees will relent on their current valuation. Are other centre-backs being considered? In addition to Branthwaite, United are known to be interested in Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo, Juventus’s Gleison Bremer, Bologna’s Jhon Lucumi and Lille’s Leny Yoro. A move for Yoro could be a lot cheaper with reports suggesting that the French teenager could be on the market for between €50m (£42m) and €60m (£50m). However, the centre-back is believed to favour a transfer to Real Madrid. 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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