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Sir Jim Ratcliffe won’t be happy with Everton’s latest move amid Man United “collision course”



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Sir Jim Ratcliffe won’t be happy with Everton’s latest move as Jarrad Braithwaite’s price tag is set amid Manchester United’s interest.

Manchester United are targeting multiple centre-backs this summer as Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team look to vastly improve the defensive line in Erik ten Hag‘s current squad.

Last season, the team conceded over eighty goals across all competitions, and with Raphaël Varane leaving and the futures of Jonny Evans, Victor Lindelöf, and Harry Maguire at Old Trafford remaining uncertain, new blood is needed.

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With this in mind, United have been strongly linked with Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite. The 21-year-old Englishman excelled during his first season in the Premier League and has caught the eye of United’s scouting department, who seem to rate him highly and have him as one of their top targets.

However, according to the Daily Star, there is a big problem with his price tag. Many reports have stated that United will not make their move on Branthwaite until Everton names its price, and the latest report has this figure at £80 million.

This is the same fee that United paid for Maguire back in 2019, which almost all football fans have concluded was a complete overpayment for the player. The Daily Star then further explain that Ratcliffe believes United have grossly overpaid on several occasions – and is determined not to fall into the same trap when it comes to Branthwaite this summer.

It is thought that United value Branthwaite at closer to £60 million. If no deal can be struck, it is said that they will refuse to pay over the odds and will look elsewhere.

Everton’s decision to demand £20 million more than what United believe is the true value of the player will certainly anger Ratcliffe, with the British billionaire determined to save money on transfers wherever he can this summer. The report explains that the current mismatch in values is creating a “collision course” surrounding the player.