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As such, Manchester United’s interest in the Carlisle-born central defender is no secret. In the lead-up to the summer trading period opening for business, Branthwaite emerged as their number one target.

The Athletic reported that Manchester United’s initial attempt to snare Branthwaite away from Goodison Park this summer – in the form of an the £35 million opening offer – was deemed unacceptable and was, therefore, swiftly rejected.

In an bid to test Everton’s resolve once again again, the 13-time Premier League champions returned to the negotiating table with an offer around the £45 million mark (plus £5 million in add-ons), though it has been snubbed by his Premier League employers. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Luckhurst revealed that Everton’s asking price still remains at north of £70 million.

Everton view the glittering 21-year-old at a similar price point to the likes of Josko Gvardiol, Wesley Fofana and Harry Maguire and are unlikely to drop their valuation until the latter stages of the summer transfer window.

Having played 35 Premier League games for Everton last term, Sean Dyche and Co regard him as a pivotal player, despite him being cut from England’s preliminary Euro 2024 squad, making a move for Ten Hag and his entourage all the more difficult.

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