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“Why…” Andy Cole lambasts Manchester United transfer decision regarding “fantastic” offer



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Manchester United legend Andy Cole has blasted his former club over their most recent actions in the transfer window.

Manchester United is looking to bolster their defence by signing several centre-backs this summer. Following a difficult season under Erik ten Hag, Jarrad Branthwaite is reportedly one of their top targets.

In the last campaign, the club finished eighth in the Premier League and was eliminated from the Champions League before Christmas. They conceded over eighty goals across all competitions and frequently changed their defensive lineup due to injuries, using more than 30 different combinations in 52 matches during the 2023/24 season.

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INEOS is currently evaluating potential signings for the 2024 summer transfer window. Reports earlier this week indicated that United and Branthwaite have already agreed on personal terms.

It was later revealed that United submitted an official bid of £35 million plus an additional £8 million in achievable add-ons on Friday evening. However, a new report stated that this offer was rejected, as the Merseyside club aims to secure £70 million from United.

INEOS want to create a reputation for refusing to be ripped off like United have in the last decade, splashing out huge fees on ultimately underwhelming players.

However, Andy Cole, club legend and former United striker, has explained that he believes Everton are actually well within their rights to ask for the £70 million, lambasting United’s initial bid.

“100%. He’s 21 years old; Manchester United have offered £35 million plus add-ons, so why would Everton try and do them a favour and say that it’s a fantastic deal for them, especially when you consider the problems they have? 

“Every centre-half that Manchester United has bought in the last 10 years, they’ve overpaid for. They’ve spent a fortune on them, so what’s going to change now?

“To get him out of Everton, it’s going to cost you more than £35 million plus add-ons.”

INEOS is expected to submit a second bid eventually, but the timing and amount are unknown.

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