Everton are keen to hand Manchester United target Jarrad Branthwaite a new deal
According to Manchester Evening News, Everton are ready to offer Manchester United target Jarrad Branthwaite a new deal and secure his future at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.
Branthwaite gained a lot of attention during his time at PSV Eindhoven on loan last season. He even had a solid start at Goodison Park this year and continues to garner attention thanks to his performances.
When Sean Dyche’s team defeated Brentford last week to earn their first league victory of the season, Branthwaite played well. In the past four Premier League contests, he has started for Everton. In 37 games for PSV as they later won the Dutch Cup, he scored four goals and made two assists.
Luke Shaw has occasionally been used at centre-back ahead of Harry Maguire, more or less showing Erik ten Hag’s thoughts on the matter. With the English veteran’s future at the club increasingly bleak, it makes sense that United bring in reinforcements.
United needs a backup defender badly since Lisandro Martinez, Sergio Reguilon and Tyrell Malacia are all out due to injury. Raphael Varane has also struggled with fitness, leaving Ten Hag short of options.
Branthwaite is still a young talent but has impressed so far despite his age. Under the right manager, there is every reason to believe he can take his game to the next level. Manchester United can provide him with a better stage for his performances.
Branthwaite’s contract runs out in 2025 and the closer we get to the expiry date, the weaker Everton’s hold will be on negotiations. Hopefully, United will strike while the iron is hot and make an offer that could turn the youngster’s head.
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Manchester United are currently in a state of rebuilding and could do with cosmetic surgery in some areas of the squad. Branthwaite is not a world-beater but could prove to be an inspired addition whose no-nonsense style of football can plug major gaps in the Red Devils’ roster.