£35m sale to fund new Man Utd bid for Branthwaite after Everton ‘reject’ £50m offer

Man Utd are hoping the sale of Mason Greenwood will help them submit an improved bid for Jarrad Branthwaite this summer, according to reports.

The Red Devils have already started working on it, with offers reportedly being submitted for Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee, Bayern Munich’s Matthijs De Ligt, Paris Saint-Germain’s Manuel Ugarte and Everton’s Branthwaite.

Man Utd are looking to improve the spine of their team after becoming too easy to score against last season, while they hope to ease some of the goalscoring burden off Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford.

Deals for Zirkzee and De Ligt look likely to be completed soon after numerous reports insist Man Utd are confident of completing both deals.

And now there have been reports that they have submitted a new offer for Branthwaite and a first offer for PSG defensive midfielder Ugarte.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have offered a fixed fee of £45m plus £5m add-ons, but Everton are expecting between £65m and £70m.

And a report in the Manchester Evening News claims Everton “have also rejected” the new offer, with the Toffees “understood to be sticking to their guns over Branthwaite”.

Some claim the Red Devils’ initial transfer budget before the sales is around £50million, with INEOS looking to raise funds through the sale of players such as Jadon Sancho, Greenwood, Casemiro and Harry Maguire.

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And now Give me some sport claim that Man Utd “are not in a position to return to the negotiating table for Jarrad Branthwaite until Mason Greenwood’s transfer to Marseille is approved”.

Marseille submitted a bid for Greenwood – who Man Utd value at £35m – on MondayRomano wrote about X:”Please note that Olympique de Marseille has sent a formal offer to Manchester United for Mason Greenwood!

“Discussions are ongoing between the two clubs, Greenwood remains OM’s main target and an agreement is getting closer. Manchester United are open to a loan with an obligation to buy, including a resale clause.”

Give me some sport adds:

“Manchester United are unable to test Everton’s resolve with a third bid for Branthwaite until they secure funds from Greenwood’s departure, GMS sources say, and advanced talks are continuing with Ligue 1 heavyweights Marseille over a deal believed to be worth around £35m.

“GMS sources have been told that Manchester United are prepared to sell Greenwood for less than the £40m they were seeking, despite the uncertainty over fellow winger Antony’s future in recent months, but a sizeable sell-on clause will be included to ensure they could profit if he shines for Marseille and secures another lucrative transfer later on.”

The report continues:

“GMS sources have been told that Manchester United are considering pursuing Bayern Munich’s Branthwaite and Matthijs de Ligt as separate deals, as ten Hag is keen to see the duo head to Old Trafford after deciding to improve his squad with two centre-backs before the August 30 transfer deadline.”