April 19, 2024

According to TEAMtalk, Manchester United has identified Premier League defender Jarrad Branthwaite as their top defensive target.

United’s back line will undergo a makeover starting in 2024, and there are rumours circulating the club that these plans are already in motion.


Though sources suggest that Everton’s Branthwaite has attracted attention outside of those foreign targets, it is crucial to remember that these circumstances could still change as the new year approaches and United makes changes within the club hierarchy.


The 21-year-old Branthwaite is also being linked to Tottenham Hotspur, who are thinking about adding defensive depth. Branthwaite is a favourite of both teams because of his excellent positioning, versatility in the back line, and sound ball-handling abilities.


Figures within the United set-up tracked him across a loan spell at PSV Eindhoven last season and checked out his potential with Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has spoken about him in glowing terms.


This is a potential transfer that does not have legs in January but fits more in line with the long-term vision of United for next summer and beyond.


Although the Ineos purchase of Manchester United is being delayed, there are no complications in terms of the deal going through, sources have confirmed to TEAMtalk.


Major transfer deals will be difficult to do in the winter window and significant incoming business is expected to be held until the summer when a squad transformation will get underway.


The likes of Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho will be prioritised as departures to get that process underway but January incomings will probably be restricted to cheap or good value deals that are deemed as vital to meet expectations for this season.


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