This week, Everton faced a severe setback with a 10-point deduction, plunging them into the Premier League’s relegation zone and casting uncertainty over their future.
Despite Everton’s recent good form, survival in the league now presents a challenge, especially as they appeal the deduction for violating Financial Fair Play rules.
The club’s current financial standing remains unclear, prompting speculation about potential player sales in January.
According to reports from the Sunday Express, Manchester United is keeping a watchful eye on Jarrad Branthwaite and Amadou Onana, two pivotal players for Everton.
Manchester United, seeking reinforcements in both defensive and midfield positions, has identified these Everton stars as potential targets.
While Everton is unlikely to part ways with key players midseason unless compelled to do so, the addition of either, or both, Branthwaite and Onana could enhance Ten Hag’s squad.
Onana has played a crucial role for Everton since joining last season, and Branthwaite has garnered acclaim for his performances under Sean Dyche in the current campaign.
Sean Dyche now faces the challenging task of steering Everton through the Premier League with the burden of the points deduction, and losing key players would only add to the difficulty.