Jarred Branthwaite – Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur set to battle for £80M Everton defender

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Manchester United will be challenged by Tottenham Hotspur for Everton’s central defender Jarrad Branthwaite in this summer’s transfer window.

Everton have made their intentions clear that they want to keep hold of Jarrad Branthwaite, despite interest from two top Premier League sides.

The Evening Standard reports that both Manchester United and Tottenham are keen on the player rated at £80 million.

Their statement reads: “Everton will attempt to fight off interest from Manchester United and Tottenham in Jarrad Branthwaite this summer.

“The 21-year-old defender has been tipped to move to a bigger club after earning his maiden England call-up last month, albeit without making his senior debut.

Everton’s 21-year-old Jarred Branthwaite

“United and Spurs both have Branthwaite on defensive shortlists which both include Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi.

“Ange Postecoglou has openly admitted he would like to sign another centre-back this summer, and last weekend, he admitted he is planning a complete overhaul amid a drastic downturn in form.

“United, meanwhile, are expected to sell at least two of Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire under Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s leadership.

“Branthwaite is open to making a summer move and reportedly has a £80million price tag.”

The project under INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe seems to be one that the defender might consider although there are no reports of such.

Manchester United would be hoping to do a squad revamp during the summer transfer window and Jarred Branthwaite is a major priority for the Old Trafford giants.

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