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“Going to happen” – £80 million star predicted to join Man United this summer in cut-price deal



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Manchester United’s pursuit of Jarrad Branthwaite is expected to go through this summer due to Everton’s need for funds in the transfer window.

Everton have not had a fun season so far – they are deep into a relegation battle following a six-point deduction from the Premier League after breaking profit and sustainability rules.

Manchester United have also had a poor season compared to normal standards, with the squad fighting for Champions League spots and having the FA Cup as their only hope left of a trophy this season.

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INEOS are keen on signing a new defender this summer with the futures of Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire, and Raphaël Varane uncertain, and have reportedly identified Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite as their main target for the position.

It has been rumoured that Everton will demand as much as £80 million for the English international’s services. However, due to their precarious position, legendary pundit Jeff Stelling believes he will be sold to United for £45 million.

“Everton fans leave the room. It’s going to happen. Everton need the money and their biggest asset – their most sellable asset – is 21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite. I think he will find himself at Old Trafford,” the pundit predicted on talkSPORT.

Speaking further, he also explained that he feels should a bidding war break out for the 21-year-old, United would come out on top.

“Never mind Man City, it’ll be Old Trafford I imagine because with the likes of Evans and Varane and Lindelof and Maguire, all ageing players, they need to bring in some youth and I’m thinking £45 million, something like that, would do the job.”

Ally McCoist added: “I think he could play at any level, anywhere. He is heading completely in the right direction.”