Man Utd make Everton star their main target for the summer

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag
Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag. Photo by Shutterstock.

Manchester United has targeted Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite as a key acquisition for the upcoming summer transfer window.

Branthwaite, a 21-year-old defender valued at £75 million, has emerged as a primary focus following strategic discussions within the club’s hierarchy, under the direction of new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Despite Everton’s recent challenges, including a potential points deduction, Branthwaite’s performance has attracted significant interest, not only from United but also from top European clubs like Real Madrid.

Ratcliffe’s approach emphasizes investing in young, domestic talent to ensure a sustainable future and potential return on investment for Manchester United.

With potential departures, such as Raphael Varane and the uncertain future of Harry Maguire at United, strengthening the central defense is a priority.

Branthwaite, who joined Everton from Carlisle for £1 million in 2020 and is under contract until 2027, has made a notable impact, prompting Everton to seek at least £75 million for his transfer.

However, Manchester United aims to negotiate a more favorable deal. Branthwaite’s progression to England’s Under-21s highlights his potential, with anticipation growing over a possible call-up to the senior squad.

United have been linked with a number of players in recent months including Teun Koopmeiners, Goncalo Inacio and Roony Bardghji.