Everton sends Jarrad Branthwaite message to Man Utd after rejecting second transfer bid

Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite back at Finch Farm
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Jarrad Branthwaite has been spotted at Finch Farm as he joined Everton for pre-season training, despite Manchester United's beefed-up second proposal.

Branthwaite, who skipped the first day of pre-season on Monday due to his international commitments, was spotted back at the training ground just a day after. His absence followed participation in summer games, along with teammates Senegal's Idrissa Gueye and Ukraine's Vitalii Mykolenko.

Also notably absent was Jordan Pickford, who is focusing on England's upcoming Euro semi-final against the Netherlands in Dortmund. Branthwaite's return comes amid news of Man Utd's increased $58m (£45m/€53m) plus add-ons bid for him a figure that still falls short of Evertons asking price.

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Everton made it public via X (formerly known as Twitter) by sharing an uplifting image captioned: "JB32 back in the building! " The photo features Branthwaite offering a thumbs up while perched on a stationary bike at their Halewood facility.

Firm in their stance, the Toffees have communicated they won't be pressured into a discount sale of the English talent and are laying plans for his future presence in the squad, barring an extraordinary offer.

Considering the $102m (£80m/€95m) that Manchester United shelled out for Harry Maguire in 2019, the $96m (£75m/€89m) Chelsea forked over for Wesley Fofana in 2022, and the $98m (£77m/€91m) Manchester City parted with for Josko Gvardiol in 2023, Everton view Branthwaite as being in the same league.

This is particularly due to the premium attached to both left-footed defenders and homegrown talent. United did make a move for Leny Yoro on Tuesday, in an attempt to pip Real Madrid to his signature.

Yoro, who is also on Liverpool's radar, has caught the eye with some impressive performances for Lille. It was claimed that United had a bid accepted for the youngster but he is holding out for Real and has snubbed the approach.