Manchester United is gearing up for a transformative summer in the transfer market, with reports indicating they hold a favorable position to secure the signature of Everton’s promising center-back, Jarrad Branthwaite.
Branthwaite’s meteoric rise this season has made him a sought-after talent in the Premier League, featuring prominently for Everton, a team known for their defensive solidity. At just 21 years old, he has impressed alongside the experienced James Tarkowski, showcasing immense potential.
Manager Erik ten Hag is eyeing defensive reinforcements to inject youth into United’s backline, with Branthwaite identified as a prime candidate by the club’s recruitment team. Despite interest from other top clubs like Tottenham and Real Madrid, United is reportedly leading the race for his signature.
While Branthwaite’s market value hovers around £50 million, Everton’s financial struggles may force them to consider offers closer to £100 million, presenting United with an opportunity to negotiate a favorable deal.
The urgency for defensive reinforcements at United stems from concerns over the age and future of their current defensive options. With three out of five defenders aged 30 or above and uncertainties surrounding the futures of Jonny Evans and Raphael Varane, Ten Hag seeks to revamp the backline.
Although Lisandro Martinez provides stability, his injury woes underscore the need for additional depth in defense. United’s recent announcement of Martinez’s injury further emphasizes the importance of securing reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window.