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Man Utd and Liverpool dealt transfer blow as target edges closer to new contract

Joe Adams

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Man Utd and Liverpool dealt transfer blow as target edges closer to new contract

Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a significant blow in their pursuit of Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

The 21-year old, who cost Everton £1m when they signed him from Carlisle United in 2020, has been one of the club's better performers this season for what is shaping up to be another relegation scrap.

Branthwaite spent last term on loan at PSV Eindhoven, initially under the management of former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, where he was given a regular run of games to build confidence.

It was here that United and Liverpool sent scouts to watch him play, with both Premier League sides keeping a close eye on his development.

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However, Branthwaite looks set to snub the opportunity to move and instead sign a fresh deal with the Toffees.

That's according to Fabrizio Romano, who has claimed that an "agreement is now at the final stages".

Meanwhile, Everton boss Sean Dyche confirmed that a new contract was "close".

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“I think things are probably close now, we have been speaking to him for a while," the 52-year-old said (quotes via Fabrizio Romano).

Everton's financial restrictions, despite their potential takeover, means they remain unprotected to offers from other clubs. Although a new contract should help them fend off any future interest.

Discussing their pending takeover, Josh Wander, founder and managing partner of 777 Partners said last month: "We are truly humbled by the opportunity to become part of the Everton family as custodians of the club and consider it a privilege to be able to build on its proud heritage and values.

"Our primary objective is to work with fans and stakeholders to develop the sporting and commercial infrastructure for the men's and women's teams that will deliver results for future generations of Everton supporters.

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“As part of this, we are committed to partnering with the local community over the long-term, working on important projects such as the development of Bramley-Moore Dock as a world-class stadium venue, allowing thousands more Evertonians to attend our home matches and contribute to the economic and cultural regeneration of Merseyside."

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Featured Image Credit: Getty & Fabrizio Romano's YouTube channel

Topics: Liverpool, Manchester United, Transfers, Erik Ten Hag, Everton, Sean Dyche, Jurgen Klopp, Fabrizio Romano, Premier League

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