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Manchester United will not meet sky-high evaluation for primary target

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Man United unwilling to meet Jarrad Branthwaite price

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the signing of Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite after he has had a breakthrough campaign in the Premier League under Sean Dyche.

The Toffees survived relegation yet again with the Englishman proving crucial and he has now been tipped to make a move to one of the division’s better sides.

Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton shouts instructions during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Huddersfield Town and Everton at The John Smith's Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Huddersfield, England.
Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton has an asking price of £70 million. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Everton value him at £70 million but The Sun (citing TalkSport) has reported that the Red Devils are unwilling to match the Merseyside outfit’s expensive asking fee.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has decided against overspending on players during his squad overhaul as several different positions in the team are requiring an injection of fresh faces.

Everton’s lofty demands are another blow to Manchester United’s plans to land a central defender this summer to replace Raphael Varane following his exit as a free agent.

Their primary target, Tosin Adarabioyo joined Chelsea, whereas Liverpool are considered the favourites to complete Gonzalo Inacio’s transfer from Sporting Lisbon ahead of Man United.

Meanwhile, Lille’s teenage prospect Leny Yoro, whose asking price of £50 million is within the club’s budget, is inclined towards signing for Real Madrid.

Manchester United eyeing Gonçalo Inácio move this summer.
Varane needs to be suitably replaced by Manchester United. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Manchester United could now switch focus towards French centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo as he is available for only £21 million, as per L’Equipe, but will need to see off competition from Aston Villa.

Todibo is aged just 24 and has a few years of experience under his belt having also played for Barcelona. He would be a low-cost solution to Man United’s defensive woes.

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It would as well be a better solution to bring in a young and long-term option, as opposed to offering veteran centre-back Jonny Evans a contract extension for another year.