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Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to make Branthwaite his first signing at Man Utd in £40m deal

Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has his sights on signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite on a cut-price deal this summer.

The Red Devils are expected to reinforce their central defensive department with Raphael Varane set to leave on a free transfer. Jonny Evans could also depart at the end of his contract next month.

Branthwaite has been identified as the priority target, and the Sun claims Ratcliffe aims to capitalise on the Toffees’ financial woes to sign him for around £40 million.

The Merseyside outfit value their prized asset at £80m but could be forced to accept half the price with their takeover from 777 Partners on the verge of collapse.

This could compel owner Farhad Moshiri to accept cut-price deals to balance the club’s books. Ratcliffe aims to start his United era on a high with the acquisition of Branthwaite.

Ratcliffe can make a statement with a cut-price Branthwaite deal

Crystal Palace co-owner John Textor wants to sell his 45 percent stake in the club. He has expressed his desire to purchase the Toffees if the 777 takeover falls through.

However, there is no assurance over a potential deal within the next few weeks.

The Toffees need to recoup funds by June 30 and could be forced to cash in on some of their key players to avoid the prospect of entering administration.

Branthwaite is one of the most valuable stars in their squad and could leave for a cut-price fee.

The 21-year-old would be a statement signing to start the Ratcliffe era. Branthwaite had a brilliant season with the Toffees where he stood out in their backline.

The youngster won 68 percent of his duels with 4.5 clearances, 5.2 ball recoveries and 1.9 tackles per game. He helped to keep 12 clean sheets and had a passing accuracy of 80 percent.

His distribution needs to improve. This should happen at United with better players around him who can control possession. At £40m, he would be a bargain signing for the club.

United need to be wary of interest from Premier League rivals such as Tottenham Hotspur. The club must move quickly to ensure they don’t miss out on his signature.

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