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Everton reject opening bid for Jarrad Branthwaite

Everton have rejected the opening bid from Manchester United for Jarrad Branthwaite, according to a report from talkSPORT

The Red Devils have made an opening offer of £35 million for the 21-year-old defender, but Everton viewed it as “unacceptable”.

According to David Ornstein, the Toffees value the player at more than £75m. The Toffees have wasted no time in rejecting United’s offer.

United have agreed personal terms with the Toffees defender but they need to improve their offer to have any chances of signing Branthwaite.

He enjoyed a terrific 2023-24 campaign for Everton last season and has emerged as a “priority target” for the Red Devils this summer.

Everton not going to let him go cheaply

The Toffees lost ten points last season for failing to meet the Premier League’s financial rules, and they could lose points again if they repeat the same mistake.

Put simply, Everton need to sell one or two players before the end of this month to comply with the financial rules. Branthwaite is a bankable asset, but the Toffees do not want to lose him cheaply.

The Toffees are expected to demand a premium fee for Branthwaite, who narrowly missed out on a place in England’s squad for the European champions 2024.

In recent years, players like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana and Josko Gvardiol were sold for fees over £75m, and Everton believe Branthwaite falls into that category. 

He played 41 times for Everton last term, scoring three goals and helping the club secure Premier League safety. United, however, have other targets like Leny Yoro, and they will not pay over the odds with Sir Jim Ratcliffe determined not to pay inflated fees for any player.

At the moment, United are the only serious contender to sign him, but they need to do a lot more in the coming weeks to lure him away from Goodison Park.

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