Sources: Man Utd ready to make £50m bid to sign 6 ft 5 “monster”

Though the new Old Trafford administration has decided they would not contemplate spending up to £80 million when the transfer window reopens in the coming weeks, GIVEMESPORT sources have revealed that Manchester United has not given up on their attempts to get Everton striker Jarrad Branthwaite.

Until reinforcements can be called in, it’s unclear who will be leading the Red Devils. Newly hired technical director Jason Wilcox is making decisions about whether manager Erik ten Hag should stay in the dugout after his team failed to qualify for the Champions League.

But plans to bolster the squad have been put in place after INEOS chief executive Sir Jim Ratcliffe was installed as a Manchester United co-owner thanks to completing his purchase of a 25 per cent stake in the club and taking control of football operations following lengthy negotiations with the Glazer family.

Red Devils Outline Maximum Figure They Will Spend on Branthwaite

Premier League giants hoping to take advantage of Everton’s financial issues

According to GMS sources, Manchester United has determined that the most they are willing to pay to sign Branthwaite is £55 million. They are searching for any early signs that Everton is desperate to cash in, as they may need to sell prized assets due to their precarious financial situation.

The Toffees have already been punished with point deductions after being found guilty of breaking the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules twice in as many months. The Red Devils are hoping that the team will try to raise some cash quickly before June 30 in order to stay out of trouble for breaking the rules again.

Raphael Varane is preparing to walk away from Manchester United at the end of his contract, leading to ten Hag being in the market for a fresh option at the heart of his backline despite being unsure over his own future, and Branthwaite is firmly on their radar ahead of potentially deciding to pounce.

Jarrad Branthwaite’s statistical averages per 90 minutes this season compared to Raphael Varane
Jarrad Branthwaite Raphael Varane
Percentage of dribblers tackled 73.8 71.4
Ball recoveries 5.39 4.40
Tackles 1.93 1.20
Interceptions 1.49 1.00
Goals 0.09 0.07
Statistics correct as of 14/05/2024

The Red Devils would prefer to sign the six-cap England under-21 international for £50 million, according to GMS sources, even though Everton is hoping to sign him for up to £80 million after a season in which he has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet at Goodison Park.

Manchester United is therefore keen to sign Branthwaite for a sum of £30 million less than the one the Merseyside team is asking for him. However, while plans are being made for the upcoming season, there are currently no signs that a bid of that size would be accepted.

GMS sources recently revealed that the FA Cup finalists have earmarked Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi, Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Max Kilman and Bayer Leverkusen’s title-winning centre-half Edmond Tapsoba as alternatives to the 21-year-old if they cannot strike a deal with Everton.

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