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Branthwaite offer rejected, De Ligt talks moving forward

Manchester United's second attempt to secure Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has been rejected. The offer, believed to be in the region of £45m with an additional £5m in add-ons, was deemed insufficient, leaving the club eyeing a bigger offer. This follows an earlier unsuccessful bid of £35m plus add-ons. Branthwaite, who played 35 times for Everton in the Premier League last season, was a notable omission from England's Euro 2024 preliminary squad.

As well as their pursuit of Branthwaite, Manchester United are also in talks with Bayern Munich over Matthijs de Ligt. Negotiations are reportedly progressing well, with all parties eager to finalize a deal. The club have also reached a preliminary agreement with Lille for defender Leny Yoro, valued at €50m (£42.2m). The possibility of signing two centre-backs in this window remains open as United look to fill the void left by Raphael Varane, who left the club after his contract expired.

The future of Victor Lindelof, another United defender, is uncertain as he enters the final year of his contract with no current plans for renewal discussions. Several clubs, including Fenerbahce, have expressed an interest in the Swedish international. Meanwhile, negotiations for a new one-year deal with Jonny Evans are ongoing.

The 2024 summer transfer window for the Premier League and Scottish Premier League is now officially open, closing on August 30 at 11:00pm UK time in England and 11:30pm in Scotland. The decision to align the deadline with other major European leagues was made after talks with leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.


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