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Jarrad Branthwaite: Manchester United expected to make formal approach for Everton defender

Man Utd transfer news: Formal approach expected for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite; personal terms not expected to be an issue; central defence understood to be a priority position for United with Raphael Varane to leave United this summer.

Manchester United are expected to make a formal approach for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

Finding an agreement on personal terms is not expected to be an issue.

United are big admirers of the centre-back, who was recently selected in the England training squad for Euro 2024.

Recruiting in the heart of defence has been marked as a priority for the FA Cup winners – and the 21-year-old is high among the names being discussed.

Central defender Raphael Varane will officially leave Old Trafford upon the expiration of his contract this summer.

Everton look set to sell one of their main assets before the end of June to stay in line with Premier League Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Another Everton player who could fetch a sizeable fee is Amadou Onana – but no move has yet emerged for the midfielder.

It means Branthwaite may become the more likely player to attract offers before June 30. He has also been tracked by Manchester City and Tottenham.

Spurs looked very closely at signing Branthwaite before the January transfer window, but ended up buying Radu Dragusin from Genoa, although they do want another centre-back this summer.

Manchester United’s inevitable summer of upheaval could see additions across the pitch – they have struggled both defensively and offensively.

The departure of the experienced Raphael Varane will leave the club light at the back, especially with Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw’s ongoing injury concerns.

They used 14 different centre-back partnerships this season and veteran Jonny Evans clocked more league appearances than any other centre-back at the club. So, a keen eye will be cast over a defence that conceded a Premier League club-record 58 goals this term.

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League officially opens on Friday June 14 – the same day that Euro 2024 starts.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time.

The Premier League has brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.


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