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Manchester United Told to Pay £80m for Real Madrid Target



Manchester United have reportedly been informed that they will need to offer £80 million to sign Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite during this summer’s transfer window.

The 21-year-old, who has been named in England’s preliminary squad for Euro 2024, had an impressive 2023-24 season with Everton. Branthwaite made 41 appearances across all competitions, including 35 in the Premier League, helping Everton win five of their last eight league games.

Speculation about Branthwaite’s future is growing, with several clubs showing interest in the defender. While Newcastle United and Real Madrid have been linked to him, Manchester United appears to be the most interested and could be looking to sign two new centre-backs this summer.

Man United Must Pay £80m to Sign Branthwaite

A recent report suggested that Manchester United was willing to pay £55 million for Branthwaite. However, according to news, Everton have set the price at £80 million. Despite their financial struggles, Everton are not willing to let Branthwaite go for less than their valuation.

Newcastle, focusing on signing Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer from Fulham, have cooled their interest in Branthwaite. Real Madrid is also unlikely to bid this summer, potentially giving Manchester United a clear path to sign the Englishman, although the club may be reluctant to meet the £80 million asking price.

Everton believe it’s fair to price Branthwaite similarly to Harry Maguire, who moved from Leicester City to Manchester United for a similar fee in 2019.

Man United’s Centre-Back Situation

Manchester United’s need for new centre-backs is driven by Raphael Varane’s confirmed departure on a free transfer this summer. Varane will make his final appearance for the club in the FA Cup final against Manchester City. Jonny Evans is also out of contract at the end of June and is likely to leave. Additionally, the club is open to offers for Victor Lindelof, meaning they might bring in two new centre-backs to compete with Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez next season.


Willy Kambwala, a 19-year-old who has been around the first team this season, is expected to stay at Old Trafford.

While Branthwaite has attracted significant admiration at Manchester United and had an impressive season, a move is unlikely unless Everton lowers their £80 million asking price.

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