Manchester United will need to pay £80m for their top target

Manchester United has been told that in order to capture Everton center-back Jarrad Branthwaite during this summer's transfer window, they will need to make an offer of £80 million

(Football news) The 21-year-old had a fantastic 2023–24 season for his Merseyside team, and he has been included in England’s preliminary roster for Euro 2024.

For Sean Dyche’s team, Branthwaite made 41 appearances across all competitions, including 35 in the Premier League. He also contributed to the Toffees’ five victories in their final eight league games of the season.

The Englishman’s future is now the subject of much debate, as several teams are rumored to be lovers of the defender. Newcastle United and Real Madrid continue to be linked with Branthwaite, but the strongest interest is believed to be coming from Man United, who could sign two new centre-backs this summer.

Manchester United would be willing to pay £55m for the defender, but according to inews, Everton have placed a valuation of £80m on his shoulders.

The report claims that Everton, despite their financial problems, are not prepared to let Branthwaite leave Goodison Park this summer for a cut-price fee.

Newcastle are believed to be the favourites to sign Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer from Fulham, which has seen their interest in Branthwaite cool, while Real Madrid are unlikely to submit a bid this summer.

As a result, Man United could have a relatively clear run at the Englishman, although it is unlikely that the 20-time English champions would be willing to pay £80m for his services.

Everton allegedly believe that it is fair to price the defender in the same region as Harry Maguire when he left Leicester City to make the move to Old Trafford in 2019.

Raphael Varane’s departure from Man United on a free transfer this summer has already been confirmed, with the Frenchman set to make his final appearance for the club in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Jonny Evans is also out of contract on June 30, and it seems likely that the Northern Ireland international will move on this summer.

The club are believed to be willing to listen to offers for Victor Lindelof, meanwhile, so it is possible that two centre-backs this summer could arrive to challenge Maguire and Lisandro Martinez for spots next term.

Willy Kambwala has also been in and around the first team this season, and the 19-year-old is set to remain at Old Trafford.

Branthwaite has huge admirers at Old Trafford, and the defender has had an eye-catching season, but a move to Man United this summer is unlikely unless Everton are willing to do business for under £80m.

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