Before the January deadline, Manchester United is “trying to sign Jarrad Branthwaite.”

Before the January transfer window ends, Manchester United is allegedly attempting to acquire Jarrad Branthwaite, an Everton centre defender.
The defensive line at Old Trafford will be altered this season as Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire’s futures are unclear, while both Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans’ contracts expire in June.

It’s likely that Lisandro Martinez will be the only centre defender on the team returning for the next campaign, although as part of the rebuilding process led by new minority stakeholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a few more players in that position may be added.

Branthwaite, who has impressed for Everton in the 2023–24 season, is reportedly of long-term interest to Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag’s team is reportedly trying to sign the Englishman before the January transfer window ends on Thursday night, according to Corriere dello Sport.

According to the source, Everton has indicated that they would be prepared to allow Branthwaite to depart for a move for £40 million with bonuses because of their financial difficulties.

The defender is reportedly admired by head coach Ten Hag, who is ‘actively pressing’ for a move to be finalised before the winter market ends.

The 21-year-old’s terms at Goodison Park are set to expire in the summer of 2027, and he just signed a new deal there in October 2023.

Since making his debut for the first team at the end of August, Branthwaite has been a vital member of the Everton squad this season. He has made 25 appearances across all competitions, including 19 in the Premier League.

After joining the Toffees from Carlisle United in 2020, the defender spent time on loan at PSV Eindhoven and Blackburn Rovers before making his debut for his Merseyside club.

The England Under-21 international, who has assisted Everton in keeping clean sheets in their previous two Premier League games, is reportedly attracting attention from Real Madrid as well.

Due to budgetary constraints, Manchester United head coach Ten Hag said last week that his team will not be making any additions before the conclusion of the January transfer window.

Despite the defensive ailments the Red Devils have suffered this season, Martinez, Varane, Maguire, and Evans should be fit for Thursday’s Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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