May 16, 2024

Clubs are on high alert as they consider a January transfer bid for Jarrad Branthwaite, following Luke Edwards’ warning that Everton is dangerously close to another profit and sustainability violation.

Despite a £100 million price tag, the Daily Mail writer did reassure supporters that Everton is unlikely to trade the defender in January, even though there is plenty of interest.

He continued by cautioning that the club’s poor financial situation would force them to sell an important player during the January transfer window.

Edwards stated the following during an interview with the BBC Transfer Gossip Daily podcast on January 9: “In football, there are rumors that Everton is still very, very close to another profit and sustainability breach.” Ten points have already been deducted from them.



Regretfully, this indicates that vultures will now circle. It seems improbable that Branthwaite will be sold this month; the asking price to sign him is likely in the range of £80–90–100 million.

“He’s going to be in demand, everybody will be scouting him, Everton know they’ve got a real precious jewel on their hands. I just worry from an Everton perspective, they’ve been loaned more money by 777, that takeover is on hold.

“Everton are still in a precarious financial position and unfortunately, I do worry that before the end of this month, Everton are going to have sold someone.”

Tricky times at Goodison Park

The ongoing confusion surrounding the prospective 777 Partners takeover, mixed with profit and sustainability concerns and checks ongoing over another potential breach, have made the transfer window far from smooth for Sean Dyche’s side.

Links with Branthwaite have ramped up in recent weeks with Real Madrid interested, while Amadou Onana has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester United, and with the news that one sale may have to be made, either of them could be heading out of the exit door.



Should they lose either of their star players in January, with further investment looking unlikely due to the financial situation at Goodison, Dyche and Everton will have suffered a bitter blow in their fight for survival.

Things seem to be going from bad to work for the club so far this season, and if there is any light at the end of the tunnel it is the faint hope of a takeover deal being agreed upon soon, but yet another financial concern on top of a player exit is not good news.



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