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Man United make opening offer for Everton’s star defender after personal terms agreed -Reports



Man United make opening offer for Everton’s star defender after personal terms agreed -Reports

Manchester United’s opening bid for Jarrad Branthwaite is in; centre-back is a priority for United this summer with Raphael Varane leaving as a free agent at the end of the month; Everton could look to sell to stay in line with Premier League spending rules

The Red Devils have opted to test Everton’s resolve on the opening day of the window by submitting a £45 million offer, which comes less than 24 hours after numerous outlets claimed United had agreed personal terms with the player.

However, the proposal has been swiftly rebuffed by the Toffees, as they stand firm in their unwillingness to part ways with Branthwaite.

Jarrad Branthwaite (photo by Getty images)

Despite their reluctance, it’s thought that an increased bid – one which matches their £70m valuation – would be accepted.

Last season’s double points deductions for two separate Profit and Sustainability breaches have left Everton navigating an incredibly precarious financial situation this summer, with sales vital in their attempts to balance the books.

As far as Everton are concerned, they have not put a valuation on a player they consider to be of high value to them and a key member of Sean Dyche’s squad.

Recruiting in the heart of defence has been marked as a priority for FA Cup winners Manchester United this summer.

Raphael Varane is leaving at the end of the month when his deal expires, while Jonny Evans has been offered a contract to stay on at Old Trafford.

Everton could look set to sell one of their main assets before the end of June to stay in line with Premier League Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Another Everton player who could fetch a sizeable fee is Amadou Onana – but no move has yet emerged for the midfielder

Sky Sports News’ Michael Bridge:

“We reported earlier, with Branthwaite such a key player for Everton, there is a valuation of around £70m from their side. We will talk every day in this transfer window about PSR. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the likes of Everton have to sell their best players.

“Of course, this is a new era for Manchester United. A first bid under Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS. It’s day one of the transfer window and this is big news coming from Manchester United and Everton

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