21-yr-old star gives ‘green light’ to join Manchester United, as per Fabrizio Romano

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag against Arsenal.

Manchester United are not best pleased with Everton’s demands for Jarrad Branthwaite REUTERS/David Klein

Manchester United believe Everton are asking for “too much” money for defender Jarrad Branthwaite despite the player’s desire to join the Old Trafford outfit.

The Red Devils must absolutely bring in a first-choice centre-back this summer, and they have identified Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite as one of their top defensive targets.

According to reports, the Old Trafford hierarchy has already agreed personal terms with the Englishman’s camp. All that’s pending now is agreeing a transfer fee with Everton—the most challenging aspect of this move. United have reportedly seen an earlier £43m bid for the player rejected already.

Despite the setback, the Mancunian giants have made it clear that they won’t be spending any “crazy money” this summer, as per journalist Fabrizio Romano. But it looks like they may have to do just that if they wish to secure Branthwaite’s services.

Everton’s Branthwaite demands “too much” for Manchester United: Fabrizio Romano

Fabrizio Romano, speaking on his YouTube channel, has suggested that Everton are reluctant to lower their demands for Branthwaite. This refusal to budge is in spite of the 21-year-old defender being tempted to make the switch to the red side of Manchester.

Romano stated: “Manchester United keep working on a new centre-back. Branthwaite remains on the list, as I told you yesterday. Man United will do that only in case it’s not going to be crazy money. But at the moment, Everton want £65-70 million for Branthwaite.

“So it’s not an easy deal at all, even if Man United have the green light from the player. At the moment, Everton keep asking, according to Man United, too much for the player.”

If both clubs fail to come to an understanding, INEOS is likely to turn its attention elsewhere.

The club hierarchy has also lodged interest in Lille’s young centre-back Leny Yoro, and he could well shoot to the top of Manchester United’s wishlist should the Branthwaite transfer fall through.