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Manchester United have sent Jarrad Branthwaite £70m transfer notice from Everton over former hero

Manchester United have sent Jarrad Branthwaite £70m transfer notice from Everton over former hero

Manchester United legend Andy Cole has warned his former club that they need to match Jarrad Branthwaite’s value if they are to sign the Everton defender from Goodison Park.

Everton rejected United’s second offer of £45m plus add-ons for Branthwaite on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the bid was made. The rejection came three weeks after Old Trafford chiefs made an initial offer of £35m plus add-ons.




But despite the latest setback, they are expected to return for a third time, although there are doubts as to whether they are willing to play what the Blues believe their most valuable asset is worth.

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Everton have insisted they will not be bullied into selling the England international on the cheap with claims of a “fire sale” at Goodison Park this summer wide of the mark, and have been actively planning for him to be with them next season unless a mega-bid comes their way. Given the £80m fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019, the £75m Chelsea paid for Wesley Fofana in 2022 and the £77m Manchester City paid for Josko Gvardiol in 2023, the Blues consider Branthwaite to be in the same bracket, especially given the premium on left-footed defenders and home-grown talent.

Cole, who became British football’s most expensive signing at the time when he joined Manchester United for £7m from Newcastle United in January 1995, won nine major trophies during his time at Old Trafford, including five Premier League titles and the ‘Treble’ in 1999, when the team also lifted the FA Cup and the Champions League.

The 52-year-old former striker, who scored 121 goals in 275 appearances for the Red Devils, told Betfred: “At the end of the day, if Everton want £70m and Manchester United want to pay £70m then that’s exactly what he’s worth. It’s as simple as that.