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Manchester United’s Branthwaite Pursuit Bolstered by Early Transfer Opportunity and £80m Valuation



Manchester United received a significant boost in their pursuit of Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, as it appears they can now make an early move for the talented defender.

Despite being included in Gareth Southgate’s initial squad for the European championships, Branthwaite didn’t make the final cut. Southgate explained that while Branthwaite had a remarkable season, it might have been premature to include him. With Harry Maguire sidelined due to a calf injury, Branthwaite was expected to fill the void, but surprisingly, neither he nor Liverpool’s Jarell Quansah made the final squad. However, Quansah remains with the team as cover, highlighting the unexpected turn of events.

While Branthwaite may be disappointed about missing out on the tournament, this development presents a significant opportunity for Manchester United. Southgate’s announcement that no transfer talks would occur during the championship means negotiations can start earlier than anticipated, potentially expediting Branthwaite’s move to Old Trafford.

The reported valuation of Branthwaite by Everton, between £70 million and £80 million, underscores his importance to the club. Despite signing a new contract last October, Everton’s financial constraints could compel them to sell.

In addition to bolstering their defense, United are also expected to strengthen their midfield and attack this summer. The decision regarding Erik ten Hag’s future as manager is pending, following the team’s surprise victory in the FA Cup over Manchester City.

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