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Real Reason Why Sir Jim Ratcliffe ‘not willing to pay Everton’s £70m asking price for Top Man United defender target this summer -Reports

According to reports, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is “not willing to pay Everton’s £70 million asking price for Top Man United defender this summer.”
Jarrad Branthwaite has been highly connected to Manchester United.

According to reports, Sir Jim Ratcliffe would not give Everton the excessive £70 million asking fee to sign Jarrad Branthwaite to Manchester United this summer.

The 21-year-old centre back, who impressed Gareth Southgate with his performances with the Toffees, made his England debut earlier this month. He has been heavily linked to a summer transfer to Old Trafford.

According to earlier reports, Everton wants to retain Branthwaite for at least another season, and would only entertain a “mega offer” for the youthful defender.

According to talkSPORT, Man United co-owner Ratcliffe is hesitant to pay the £70 million asking price for Branthwaite.

Despite rumours of a Real Madrid connection, Ratcliffe is cautious about splurging on players and does not want to get into a bidding war with himself. At the moment, Man United appears to be the only real rival for Branthwaite’s signature.

Branthwaite, who has an Everton contract through 2027, played 35 league games for the Toffees last season, helping them escape relegation despite point deductions.

Throughout the season, the 21-year-old won over a lot of the club’s supporters, who saw him as their breakout player of the year.

Everton will believe that a high price is appropriate for a left-footed, homegrown player who has a three-year deal with the team.

Since Raphael Varane is leaving Old Trafford, Man United is expected to focus on central defence this summer.

Last season, the Red Devils suffered a lot of injuries to their defence, which meant they had to rely on makeshift options all the time.

Throughout the season, Varane and Harry Maguire experienced several setbacks with their fitness, and Lisandro Martinez missed most of it due to injuries.

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