Manchester United are interested in signing Jarrad Branthwaite following Everton’s Financial struggles meaning that the Merseyside club might be forced to sell the young defender.
United have had many issues with their centre-back pairings so far this season, with the main reason being injuries to Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martínez as well as Raphaël Varane having stints out of the squad.
This has led to 36-year-old Jonny Evans being a regular in Erik ten Hag’s team even though the Northern Irishman signed to give depth to the squad. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who recently became a 25% stakeholder in the Red Devils, and his INEOS group are in charge of sporting operations at the club and are eyeing up the centre-back position as one that needs improving.
It is being reported by talkSPORT that the 21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite is rated very highly by Ratcliffe and United, and the young Englishman’s current club, Everton, might have to cash in as they face another financial breach.
Branthwaite has proved himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League this season and The Reds have been monitoring him closely, most recently sending scouts to Everton’s 0-0 draw to Aston Villa.
As comes with part of the parcel of being one of the brightest talents in football currently, United are expected to fight the likes of Real Madrid for Branthwaite’s signature, with the current Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti being an admirer of the defender.
Ancelotti and Branthwaite work together during the Italian’s time in charge of the Toffees so that could sway the 21-year-old’s decision, however, Everton’s No. 32 spent last season on loan at Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV so United could have someone in their corner.
Van Nistelrooy said about the 6′ 5″ defender: “He is good on the ball, can play on the right or left of the centre because he is two-footed, has height and speed – he is a very complete defender,” high praise from a man who knew how to beat those in the same position.
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