Manchester United falling short of Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite price

Manchester United are falling considerably short of Everton’s valuation of Jarrad Branthwaite, with the Toffees demanding £70 million to sell the Englishman.

According to a report by Football Insider, Jarrad Branthwaite is the subject of interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils are scouring the market for a centre-back heading into the summer transfer window. However, they want to sign the English defender for around £40 million, while the Toffees want £70 million to part ways with him.

Jarrad Branthwaite and his soaring stock

Jarrad Branthwate has become a hot property in the market in the last 12 months. The Englishman was not as highly rated as he currently is before his loan spell with PSV Eindhoven. However, spending the 2022/23 season at the Eredivisie club has done wonders for his career.

The 21-year-old was one of the best young players in the Premier League in the 2023/24 campaign. An ever-present at the heart of the Everton defence this past season, Branthwaite amassed over 3,500 minutes of game time in 41 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with three goals.

Branthwaite’s exploits for Everton in the 2023/24 season have captured the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe. However, a move across the Premier League is the likeliest scenario for the English defender, with Manchester United among his prospective suitors heading into the summer transfer window.

Branthwaite to join Manchester United?

Manchester United’s interest in Jarrad Branthwaite is understandable. Raphael Varane is leaving the Red Devils as a free agent on July 1, while Jonny Evans faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford heading into the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, Harry Maguire is on the wrong side of 30.

So, Manchester United should invest in a highly-rated defensive prospect in the summer transfer window, with Branthwaite emerging as a viable target. However, the Red Devils want to pay £40 million to sign the 21-year-old Englishman, with their valuation falling short of Everton’s price tag of £70 million by a considerable margin.

With Manchester United £30 million short of Everton’s valuation, they must submit a higher bid to secure Jarrad Branthwaite’s services in the summer transfer window. However, a deal might be possible, with the Toffees ready to cash in on the English defender due to their precarious financial situation.

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