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Man United to return with a third bid for Jarrad Branthwaite

Man United to return with a third bid for Jarrad Branthwaite

Manchester United have refused to throw in the towel in their pursuit of highly-rated Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite.

According to a report from The Times, the Red Devils are planning to submit a third bid for the England international despite Everton’s reluctance to negotiate a lower fee.

The saga surrounding Branthwaite’s potential transfer has seen the Toffees hold firm to a higher valuation than United are currently willing to meet.

United’s first offer of £35 million was swiftly rebuffed, with the Toffees reportedly holding out for a fee closer to £70m.

The Red Devils then launched a second offer worth £45m plus an additional £5m in add-ons, but it wasn’t enough to convince Everton either.

However, United remain undeterred in their quest to land the coveted home-grown talent, who is considered a key target by manager Erik ten Hag.

United have already reached an agreement on personal terms with Branthwaite, who has committed to a long-term contract worth £150,000 per week.

Ten Hag wants a left-footed centre-back to compete with Lisandro Martinez for a starting berth at the heart of the defence, and Branthwaite ticks that box.

However, Everton are playing hardball and want to recoup a fee that will make the former PSV Eindhoven loanee one of the most expensive defenders in the world.

While a deal for Branthwaite remains elusive, United are making progress elsewhere in their defensive overhaul.

They are reportedly close to completing a deal for Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is set to join the club in a deal worth £43m.

De Ligt primarily plays as a right-sided centre-back and is seen as the ideal successor to Raphael Varane, who left the club this summer.

United are also pursuing a deal for Lille prodigy Leny Yoro and have agreed a £42m deal with the Ligue 1 giants, but they face a huge stumbling block.

The coveted 18-year-old star is reportedly prioritising a move to Real Madrid this summer, although they are reluctant to match Lille’s asking price.