Man Utd Eyes Everton Defender Branthwaite for Defensive Overhaul

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By  Milcah  Tanimu

Manchester United is poised to make a formal move for Everton’s promising defender, Jarrad Branthwaite. Negotiating personal terms is expected to be smooth sailing for the club, as they eye a replacement for departing stalwart Raphael Varane.

Branthwaite, 21, has caught the attention of United scouts with his stellar performances, earning him a spot in England’s Euro 2024 training squad. United, fresh from their FA Cup victory, prioritizes reinforcing their central defense, with Branthwaite emerging as a prime target.

Varane’s imminent departure from Old Trafford leaves a void to fill, emphasizing the urgency for defensive reinforcements. Everton, under pressure to comply with Premier League Profit and Sustainability Rules, might entertain offers for Branthwaite before the June 30 deadline.

While Manchester City and Tottenham have also expressed interest, United’s pursuit appears earnest, given their defensive woes. With a staggering 14 different center-back partnerships utilized this season and defensive frailties evident, Branthwaite’s arrival could provide much-needed stability.

United’s summer of transition under manager Erik ten Hag aims to address deficiencies across the pitch, with defensive solidity a key focus. As they prepare to navigate a pivotal transfer window, securing Branthwaite could mark the beginning of a defensive resurgence at Old Trafford.


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