Manchester United make improved £45m offer for Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite


Manchester United have made an improved £45million plus £5m in add-ons offer for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

The offer falls far below the Goodison Park club’s valuation of the England international and is firmly expected to be rejected.

Everton see the 21-year-old in a similar bracket to fellow central defenders Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana and Josko Gvardiol, all of whom have been sold for figures in excess of £75m in recent years.

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Branthwaite has emerged as a key target for United with The Athletic reporting the opening offer of £35m that Everton felt was unacceptable and was rejected.

United have prioritised signings at centre-back this summer following the departure of Raphael Varane as a free agent and uncertainty over the future of Jonny Evans with talks ongoing over a move for Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt.

Varane and Lisandro Martinez missed large portions of the season through injury with midfielder Casemiro deployed in the centre of defence to deputise.

Branthwaite enjoyed a breakout season for Everton making 41 appearances in all competitions before narrowly missing out on a place in England’s squad for Euro 2024.

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