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Jarrad Branthwaite explains why he is Manchester United’s ideal centre-back target despite priority change



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Jarrad Branthwaite has previously described a trait of his that makes him Manchester United’s ideal centre-back target this summer.

Jarrad Branthwaite has been a frequent name in Manchester United transfer rumours over the last six months, and INEOS’ long-standing interest in new defenders this summer adds weight to these speculations.

With the imminent departure of Raphaël Varane and the uncertain futures of Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelöf, United are facing a pressing need to secure two new central defenders for Old Trafford this summer.

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United’s defensive strategy hinges on the presence of a left-footed defender, a role currently filled by Lisandro Martínez. Despite his limited appearances last season due to injuries, the team’s performance significantly improved when he was on the field.

United want to sign one right-footed and one left-footed centre-back in the coming window, although recent reports explained that Varane’s departure had left the club prioritising a right-footer when the original plan was to sign a left-footed defender first.

However, Jarrad Branthwaite has already made a compelling case for why he should be United’s priority transfer this summer.

His adaptability, as a left-footed player who is equally comfortable using either foot, demonstrates his potential to play on both sides of the defence, providing a versatile solution to the team’s defensive needs.

“I am left-footed, but I’ve got a five-star weak foot on the new FIFA,” Branthwaite told  Everton’s club website back in October. “If I’m hitting a long pass, I’ll go with my left; short passes with my right.”

United’s ideal centre-back target should be a centre-back with that level of talent, as it would help cover multiple defensive problems at the club.

Although recent reports have stated that Everton believes Branthwaite is worth as much as £80 million this summer, his omission from England’s 2024 European Championship squad will not help the Merseyside club’s case with respect to demanding such a fee.

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