Everton Values Jarrad Branthwaite at £75m Amidst Tottenham Hotspur Interest
This season at Goodison Park, Branthwaite has emerged as a revelation, securing a regular place in Sean Dyche’s back four.
With Branthwaite and acting captain James Tarkowski at the centre of it, Everton has amassed one of the strongest defensive records in the Premier League thus far this season, having kept three straight clean sheets.
As a left-sided central defender, a position in high demand, the Daily Mail believes Gareth Southgate is closely monitoring Branthwaite for upcoming England squads, particularly in preparation for Euro 2024.
The 21-year-old helped the Toffees win their third straight game on Sunday when they defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park, and the England manager was present.
Football Transfers reports that Spurs are interested in signing the defender to address their present crisis at that position, so it’s not just Southgate who has taken notice.
According to the article, Branthwaite will not be available for cheap, as Everton values him at £75 million, having acquired him from Carlisle United in 2020 for just under £1 million.
After replacing Michael Keane in the side during a 4-0 loss at Aston Villa in August, Branthwaite entered the starting lineup and has appeared in all 14 league games thereafter.
The youthful defender played in the KNVB Beker and Champions League with PSV Eindhoven while on loan there during the previous season.
Although PSV only offered a small portion of the reported transfer fee Everton is reportedly asking for the player, they were said to be interested in making the deal permanent.
Branthwaite’s outstanding play since joining the Everton team has earned him a new contract in October that will keep him committed to the organisation until 2027.
Spurs are anticipated to make an acquisition in January due to their severe lack of defensive options following Cristian Romero’s suspension and Micky van de Ven’s hamstring injury.
In addition, Radu Dragusin has been linked. This comes after his excellent start to the Serie A season with recently promoted Genoa, where he has been a constant presence and scored the game-winning goal against Hellas Verona last month.
Due to his ban for Saturday’s match against Burnley, Branthwaite won’t play in the league until Everton takes on Spurs, two days before Christmas.