Jarrad Branthwaite is being tracked by Champions League clubs.
That’s according to The Athletic, who have suggested that Everton could face losing the defender over the next couple of transfer windows.
Branthwaite caught the eye of a number of European sides during his loan spell in the Netherlands, where he made 36 appearances in all competitions.
The centre-back really impressed in Eindhoven and was well loved by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who called him ‘fantastic’ and ‘complete’. The Dutchman was desperate to bring Branthwaite back to the club this summer but reportedly failed with a bid for his signature.
Branthwaite’s form also attracted interest from Manchester United, however Everton managed to keep hold of him beyond last week’s deadline day.
The England U-21 international struggled to force his way into the Toffees’ starting line-up at the start of the season, however a horrific start to the campaign led to him replacing Michael Keane in the backline.
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Branthwaite still has two years left on his contract with the option of extendign by a further year, however he could well be on his way out before then.
While it is unclear who is tracking him, the report claims Branthwaite is the subject of interest by multiple Champions League clubs.
Could Jarrad Branthwaite leave Everton next summer?
PSV are likely to be one side still eager to lure the defender away from Merseyside, while the Red Devils could also look to Branthwaite next summer. Erik ten Hag’s side signed Jonny Evans on a free transfer this summer, but he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Everton don’t have too many players with brilliant potential at the club these days and Jarrad Branthwaite could be one player that could become a hero at Goodison Park if he sticks around.
However, the Toffees will probably have to take offers into consideration if they are shown big money for the 21-year-old.
Sean Dyche’s side will just hope Branthwaite can have a very positive season first and then can see whether raking in a decent fee is worth his departure.