Man Utd ‘Agree Personal Terms’ with Everton’s £70m Jarrad Branthwaite

Jarrad Branthwaite

Manchester United have reportedly ‘agreed personal terms’ with Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, as per James Ducker in The Telegraph.

The 21-year-old defender, who made his senior England debut against Bosnia & Herzegovina earlier this month, was not included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the Euros, allowing Manchester United to push for a quick deal. Everton values Branthwaite at £70 million after his standout performance last season, featuring in 35 Premier League matches. However, financial pressures might compel Everton to sell him before June 30 to avoid another points deduction for breaching Profitability and Sustainability rules.

Manchester United have submitted an initial offer of £35 million upfront with an additional £8 million in add-ons, totaling up to £43 million. Although Everton has rejected this proposal, United are expected to return with an improved bid soon. Branthwaite’s contract, signed in October 2023, extends for another three seasons. His weekly wages of £40,000 would significantly increase with a move to Old Trafford, making personal terms a non-issue.

Manchester United’s Centre-Back Overhaul

Manchester United are undergoing a defensive overhaul, with Raphaël Varane already departed and the futures of Victor Lindelöf, Harry Maguire, and Jonny Evans uncertain. Branthwaite is on United’s shortlist, along with Trevoh Chalobah, Jean-Clair Todibo, Marc Guéhi, and 18-year-old Leny Yoro of Lille.

The news follows the confirmation that Erik ten Hag will remain as Manchester United manager, marking the first summer transfer window since Sir Jim Ratcliffe acquired a 28% stake in the club last December.

Why Manchester United Want Jarrad Branthwaite

During the dominant era of Team Sky Cycling, under Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir David Brailsford in the 2010s, the strategy was to have the best of British, with British cyclists winning multiple Tour de France titles. This acquisition suggests a similar philosophy might be applied at Manchester United.

Branthwaite excels in interceptions and aerial duels, with only six Premier League players surpassing his 157 clearances last season. At 21, he has a promising future, and a move to Old Trafford could be the next step in his career. Only time will tell if he will make his mark with Manchester United.

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