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Man Utd handed boost in race for Jarrad Branthwaite as Everton eye replacement

Man Utd handed boost in race for Jarrad Branthwaite as Everton eye replacement

Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their bid to sign highly sought-after centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite from relegation battlers Everton.

The Mirror reports that the Toffees are already scouring the market for a potential replacement for the 21-year-old and are plotting a raid on the Championship.

Everton have set their sights on Hull City centre-half Jacob Greaves, and a successful move could pave the way for Branthwaite to secure a lucrative exit from Goodison Park.

The Englishman has been exceptional in Everton’s battle for Premier League survival this season, prompting interest from United and several other top-flight clubs.

He has been a regular presence alongside James Tarkowski in the heart of Everton’s defence, missing just three Premier League games this term.

He has scored twice in 30 appearances across all competitions, but his defensive metrics underscore why United are determined to secure his signature.

Branthwaite is considered one of the best young defenders in the league. He has helped Everton keep seven clean sheets this season while averaging 1.7 interceptions per match.

He is accomplished in 1v1 duels, boasting a 64% success rate on ground duels and is only dribbled past 0.3 times per match.

The highly impressive centre-back is also dominant in the air, recording a 70% success rate on aerial duels while returning 2.0 tackles per match.

Branthwaite is absolutely crucial to Everton’s relegation fight. But whether or not they retain their top-flight status, the young defender is poised to head for the Goodison Park exit this summer.

While United are considered front-runners, they’ll have to fend off fierce competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have also expressed an interest.

Everton will likely demand a huge fee for one of their most prized assets, but it shouldn’t be a problem for the Red Devils despite concerns their summer budget could be limited by Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com & Sofascore.com