Manchester United is reportedly expressing interest in Everton’s central defender, Jarrad Branthwaite, making the 21-year-old their “prime defensive target from within the Premier League,” according to TEAMtalk.
While a January transfer seems unlikely, United is planning to pursue the defender in the summer of 2024.
Ruud van Nistelrooy, a United legend and former Real Madrid striker, has spoken highly of Branthwaite, having managed him at PSV.
United has reportedly checked out the defender’s potential, with van Nistelrooy providing positive feedback.
Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are also said to be interested in Branthwaite.
Despite Everton’s established status in the Premier League, their current struggles, including a 10-point deduction, raise concerns about potential relegation.
Considering Manchester United’s stature as one of England’s biggest clubs, a move to Old Trafford could be enticing for Branthwaite, especially if United secures a top-four finish this season.
Even if Everton avoids relegation, a substantial offer from United in the summer of 2024 might pose a difficult decision for the Toffees.
Branthwaite, who has made 10 Premier League appearances and two Carabao Cup appearances for Everton this season, could be a notable addition to United’s defensive lineup.