Manchester United eyeing Everton youngster Jarrad Branthwaite with stylish centre-back impressing out on loan at Blackburn after making his debut under Carlo Ancelotti last season
- Jarrad Branthwaite joined Everton from Carlisle United a year ago in a £1m deal
- The 18-year-old made an impression on Carlo Ancelotti and his Everton staff
- He made his first-team debut against Wolves in July following the restart
- Ancelotti wanted Branthwaite to continue his development on loan at Blackburn
- But sides including Man United are taking greater note of Branthwaite’s potential
Manchester United are monitoring Everton’s teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite.
The stylish left-sided centre back is on loan at Blackburn Rovers where he has been gaining first team experience and impressing observers with his assured performances.
Branthwaite joined Everton from Carlisle United a year ago in a £1million deal and the then 17-year old quickly made an impression on Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff.
Manchester United are monitoring Everton’s teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite
The centre back is on loan at Blackburn Rovers where he has been gaining experience
After turning 18 in June, he made his first team debut against Wolves the following month and went on to make four Premier League appearances.
Ancelotti wanted Branthwaite to continue his development and recognised he needed regular first team games so was happy to sanction his loan to the Championship. However, other clubs, including United, are beginning to take greater note of Branthwaite’s potential.
United want a centre back in the summer and will target one with greater experience such as Sevilla’s Jules Kounde but Branthwaite is on their radar as they consider the future also.
Carlo Ancelotti wanted him to gain experience but Man United are among sides taking note
They want to offload Phil Jones and will assess Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly at the end of the season.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have both come under criticism and United coaching staff know they need to improve the quality and depth of their options in that area.
Branthwaite is 6ft 5ins tall, quick and an England U19 international. Being left footed, he has also caught the eye of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Everton are happy with his development and see him progressing to their first team on a regular basis but will be wary of the increased interest in the youngster. Question marks remain around Everton’s best centre back combination while Yerry Mina could move on in the summer.
United want a more experienced centre back in the summer too, such as Sevilla’s Jules Kounde
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