Man Utd plot Harry Maguire swap deal with Everton to land Jarrad Branthwaite


Man Utd plot Harry Maguire swap deal with Everton to land Jarrad Branthwaite

EXCLUSIVE: Everton centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite is a top target for Manchester United in the summer transfer window, and Sir Jim Ratcliffe is looking at how to fund a deal

Manchester United intend to use Harry Maguire as bait in their attempt to land Jarrad Branthwaite.

Everton central defender Branthwaite is one of United’s top transfer priorities this summer as they look to significantly strengthen the spine of the team – with young, world-class potential. The England Under-21 international definitely fits that criteria and is valued at £70million by the Toffees.

That figure could easily increase come July amid growing interest from across the Premier League in Branthwaite, 21, who had a loan spell at PSV last season.

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Everton, of course, are desperate to retain his services. However, the club’s severe financial plight and the troubled takeover by 777 means they may have to sell star assets to avoid more Financial Fair Play point deductions.

Hence United hope that by offering experienced fellow Three Lions defender Maguire as part of their package, it may swing the transfer race in their favour.

Whether Maguire, 31, will play ball remains to be seen. Last summer he refused to join West Ham despite seemingly having no future at Old Trafford.

That situation with United did change when a severe injury crisis at the back forced boss Erik ten Hag to recall him into the first team.

However, the Reds’ football hierarchy led by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, believe they may be able off-set about £20m of the Braithwaite fee by including the ex-Leicester man.