Manchester United cool interest in Jarrad Branthwaite

Manchester United are reportedly cooling their move for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite, as they are not ready to pay £70 million to sign him.

According to a report by TEAMtalk, Jarrad Branthwaite has been the subject of interest from Manchester United over a possible move in the summer transfer window. However, Everton’s asking price of £70 million has compelled the Red Devils to cool their interest, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe taking a decisive call on the chase.

Jarrad Branthwaite and his rapid rise in the 2023/24 season

Jarrad Branthwaite established himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League after his breakthrough at Everton in the 2023/24 season. The Englishman turned out 41 times for the Merseyside club, amassing over 3,500 minutes of game time while chipping in with three goals.

In addition, Branthwaite’s progress has helped him break into his national side, making his senior bow for England earlier this month. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old defender’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe, particularly from the Premier League.

While many well-known English outfits like Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have shown interest in securing Jarrad Branthwaite’s services, widespread reports have most heavily linked him with Manchester United heading into the summer transfer window.

Will Manchester United land Branthwaite?

Manchester United’s interest in Jarrad Branthwaite is understandable. The Red Devils have already failed with a bid to sign the 21-year-old English defender from Everton. Recent reports have suggested that an improved offer from Manchester United might be on the cards. However, that might not materialise, with the latest update suggesting something else.

The report by TEAMtalk has claimed that Manchester United will no longer pursue Jarrad Branthwaite’s signature heading into the summer transfer window. With Everton not budging from the price tag of £70 million, the Red Devils are ready to walk away from the move to sign the Englishman from the Merseyside club.

The Red Devils do not want to break the bank to secure Jarrad Branthwaite’s services. Instead, they have set their sights on alternate targets, with Jean-Clair Todibo and Max Kilman among the options for Manchester United. It will be interesting to see which centre-back bolsters the defensive unit at Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.

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