Everton reject Manchester United bid for Jarrad Branthwaite

Everton reject Manchester United bid for Jarrad Branthwaite

Everton have rejected Manchester United’s second bid for defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

United have offered Everton £45m plus £5m in add-ons, after seeing a £43m bid rejected last month.




The Manchester Evening News wrote in May that Branthwaite, 21, was valued at between £70m and £80m by Everton.

United believe that is unrealistic, but Everton have cited the fees paid for Harry Maguire (£80m), Wesley Fofana (£75m) and Josko Gvardiol (£77.6m) over the last five years to justify their valuation.

Everton are expected to be reluctant to sell Branthwaite as they are unwilling to sell the centre-back and have recently sold players to comply with the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules. Everton received £20m from the sales of Ben Godfrey and Lewis Dobbin.

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Branthwaite was identified as a top central defensive target by United several months ago and the club are also interested in Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt.