Everton respond to Man Utd’s hope they can buy Jarrad Branthwaite for £40m

According to sources, Manchester United has been told they have no chance of enticing Jarrad Branthwaite away from Everton in a low-ball deal this summer.

According to reports, the Red Devils were hoping to get a deal for £40 million to strengthen their defence, but Sir Jim Ratcliffe will have to pay his high asking price.

Manager Sean Dyche and director of football Kevin Thelwell of Everton have acknowledged that the team will need to offload players in order to maintain financial stability before 777 Partners’ takeover falls through.

After 777’s exclusivity deal expires on Friday, Farhad Moshiri will have the opportunity to negotiate with other suitors.

But with the Premier League showing interest in Branthwaite, Amadou Onana, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Toffees are willing to part with some of their most valuable assets.

Nevertheless, the club is determined not to let go of any of its big players for pennies on the cheap, including United’s top target at centre back.

The Mirror claims that Everton values Branthwaite at almost double the £40 million that the Old Trafford giants have been planning to offer.

The left-footed 21-year-old, who is considered one of Europe’s most gifted young defenders, was included in Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad ahead of Euro 2024.

Everton signed a 17-year-old Branthwaite for just £1m from League Two side Carlisle United in January 2020 before sending him on loan to Blackburn Rovers and PSV Eindhoven.

According to reports, Carlisle inserted a 15% sell-on provision in the agreement, which should provide the Cumbrians with a sizeable payout from his ultimate sale.

But Everton can point the finger at United by pointing out that they spent an extravagant £80 million to purchase Harry Maguire from Leicester City in 2019, making him the most expensive defender in the world.

Josko Gvardiol was signed by Manchester City from RB Leipzig for £78 million last summer. A year prior, Chelsea paid Leicester City £70 million to get Wesley Fofana to move to Stamford Bridge.

According to the source, Everton views Branthwaite highly in that area following his incredible breakout campaign at Goodison Park.

After making 41 appearances in all competitions, Branthwaite and James Tarkowski established a formidable defensive tandem in the centre of Dyche’s lineup.

He reportedly caught the attention of Man City and Newcastle United as well as being third for interceptions (50) and joint-top for tackles made by Premier League defenders (66).

However, the most notable association he has had with a move to Old Trafford was heightened by Raphael Varane’s announcement at the end of June that he would be leaving as a free agent.

Prioritising the acquisition of a long-term replacement, United may have to go elsewhere if Everton refuses to drop their £80 million asking price.

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