Premier League rivals tell Manchester United and Newcastle defender will cost £80m

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Manchester United retain a strong interest in Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite but he won’t come cheap, according to the latest reports.

A number of top flight clubs are reported to hold an interest in the centre-back including Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. But the latest reports claim Everton won’t be selling him for any less than a whopping £80m.

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United had previously been linked with a £55m bid this summer. The i report: “Everton have slapped a minimum price tag of £80m on highly-rated defender Jarrad Branthwaite, with club insiders dismissing the prospect of a fire sale of one of their prized assets.”

They added: “Branthwaite has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a fee in the region of £55m but i understands Everton have no intention of selling at that price. Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United also hold an interest in the defender but clubs looking for a cut-price deal will be given short shrift.”

United have other priorities this week with the small matter of the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Luke Shaw will not be fit to feature for United in the FA Cup Final after Gareth Southgate admitted he was even a ‘long shot’ to be involved in the European Championship this summer. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since he suffered a muscle injury against Luton Town back in February, but has been named in the provisional England squad for Euro 2024.

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