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Man Utd Up the Ante in Branthwaite Pursuit with Improved Offer

Man Utd Up the Ante in Branthwaite Pursuit with Improved Offer
Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the signing of Everton's young defender Jarrad Branthwaite after tabling an improved offer for the 21-year-old. According to the Daily Mail, United have submitted a bid of £45 million with an additional £5 million in potential add-ons [1].

This comes after their initial offer of around £35 million plus add-ons was rejected by Everton last month [2]. The Toffees are understood to value Branthwaite considerably higher, and some reports suggest the improved offer still falls short of their expectations [4].

Branthwaite is seen as a promising prospect at Goodison Park, having emerged as a regular in the Everton defense last season.  United are in the market for defensive reinforcements following a shaky season at the back, and view Branthwaite as a long-term solution alongside Harry Maguire.

The potential sale of Mason Greenwood to Marseille for a reported £27 million could free up additional funds for United to sweeten the deal for Branthwaite [1].

Whether Everton will be swayed by the improved offer remains to be seen. Negotiations are expected to continue in the coming days, with United determined to land their target.
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