Fabrizio Romano confirms ANOTHER lowball Man Utd offer

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • 9 Jul 2024 06:59 BST
  • 3 min read
Fabrizio Romano, Man Utd, 2023/24
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Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Manchester United have tabled a new bid for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

Romano confirms earlier reports from David Ornstein and Chris Wheeler that United have made an official offer of £45 million plus £5m in add-on (€59m in total).

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However, Romano adds that Everton are continuing to insist that United pay £65-70m for Branthwaite if they want to sign him.

Thus, any deal is still a long way from being agreed.

Man Utd have made the Everton defender their top defensive target for the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils had already had a bid for £43 million rejected for the 22-year-old but have now increased their offer slightly.

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Jarrad Branthwaite, Everton
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Branthwaite at Everton

Branthwaite has emerged as one of the most promising young defenders in English football over the past year or so.

The 22-year-old joined Everton from Carlisle in 2020 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise since then.

He spent the 2022-23 season on loan at PSV and impressed massively as they won the KNVB Cup.

Branthwaite returned to Everton for the 2023-24 season and became a key player as the club avoided relegation despite a points penalty.

He made 41 appearances this past season and was named Everton Young Player of the Season.

Branthwaite made his England debut in June in the 3-0 win over Bosnia and narrowly missed out on a call-up to Euro 2024.

United are also in talks with Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt, PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte and Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee.

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