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Man Utd could move on to another Premier League defender amid fresh update over Jarrad Branthwaite transfer

Man Utd could move on to another Premier League defender amid fresh update over Jarrad Branthwaite transfer

United are becoming frustrated in their attempts to sign Branthwaite.

Manchester United could focus their attention on a different Premier League defender if they fail to sign Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite this summer, according to a new report.

United have assigned Branthwaite as their top target at centre-back this summer, it has been claimed.

According to The Athletic, United made a £35 million bid to sign the England defender last week.

However, that offer was rejected out of hand by Everton, who are said to want at least £70 million to sell their prized asset.

Reports suggest that United feel they can sign Branthwaite for their own valuation this summer - despite clear initial indications from the Toffees that they will not be able to.

However, transfer journalist Dean Jones has claimed that minority co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS have identified another centre-back target if they concede that a deal for the 21-year-old is not possible.

Wolves defender Max Kilman is said to be one of the club's secondary targets, with the 27-year-old also attracting interest from West Ham.

Taking to Twitter, Jones wrote: "Man Utd might join the conversation more seriously for Max Kilman if their main defensive targets are unfeasible, which is becoming the narrative."

Wolves will reportedly accept a fee of around £45 million to sell the centre-back - a fee closer than the amount that United want to pay to sign Branthwaite from Everton.

Wolves defender Max Kilman pictured (

The West Midlands club spent just £40,000 to sign Kilman from National League side Maidenhead in the summer of 2018, and played futsal as a youngster before joining Gillingham's football academy in 2015.

He has been a regular starter for Wolves over the past three seasons, and played in every game for Gary O'Neil's side during the 2023/24 campaign.

Kilman is also left-footed, meaning he could provide competition for Lisandro Martinez on the left side of United's defence under Erik ten Hag.

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Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Everton, Transfers, Sir Jim Ratcliffe