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Man United set to complete £70m deal in next five days as club given final transfer stance



Man United set to complete £70m deal in next five days as club given final transfer stance

Manchester United are looking to sign Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite this summer and they may soon get the perfect opportunity to complete a deal.

Everton is believed to value Branthwaite at over £70 million, and Man United’s initial bid for the Toffees defender was turned down.

The Red Devils are expected to make a second attempt to sign the 21-year-old, although it is said that their offer is far lower than Everton’s.

But according to David Ornstein of the Athletic, the Mersesyders have not yet met all of the PSR (Profit and Sustainability Rules) standards, which could put them in a tight spot shortly.

Premier League teams are not allowed to lose more than £105 million in a rolling three-year period, or £35 million every season, as per PSR regulations.

Everton were handed a points deduction last season for breaching the league’s financial rules and with the PSR deadline approaching on Sunday, June 30, they may need to act quickly to avoid another potential breach.

“United have got £31m left to play with in terms of their PSR position, based on some estimates from the current financial year which ends on June 30,” he said.

“To sign Branthwaite, if you were looking at £80m, you can amortise that over a maximum of five years. So divide the £80m by five and it’s about £16m a year. So yes, they do still have room for manoeuvre with the fee.

“Plus, any players they sell they are able to recoup and book that straight onto the accounts, whereas any players they sign it’s like spending it on tick over a five-year period. So in short, they can increase their bid.”

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