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Bidding war looms as three European heavyweights compete for Arsenal summer target

Arsenal will find themselves in a bidding war with three other European heavyweights for the signature of an exciting target in the summer.

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing young Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite in the summer, but according to multiple reports, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Real Madrid are also gearing up for a “bidding war” for the rising star.

According to MailOnline, both Tottenham and Manchester United are leading the race to sign Branthwaite, putting in more effort than other potential suitors to reach an agreement. The size of the potential offer will depend on whether Everton can maintain their Premier League status.

Chelsea, Arsenal, and Real Madrid have also reportedly made inquiries about the central defender, described as ‘complete’ by former PSV Eindhoven chief Ruud van Nistelrooy. Still, Tottenham and Manchester United seem to be making the most concerted efforts to lure him away from Goodison Park.

According to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed why Spurs and Manchester United might pose a significant challenge to Arsenal’s hopes of luring the talented defender to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal target Jarrad Branthwaite

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite is reportedly a target for Arsenal next summer (Image credit: Getty Images)

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While Jacobs says that Tottenham will be among the suitors vying for Branthwaite, he acknowledges that Real Madrid are also considering making a move in the coming months. Furthermore, Manchester United, in their pursuit to meet homegrown quotas, sees Branthwaite as an ideal option due to his proficiency as a left-sided centre-back.

“I think that there is going to be a bidding war, in many ways, during the summer. I think Tottenham will be there, and we know that Real Madrid have looked in the past as well. It is true that bringing in at least one young centre-back is on Manchester United’s positional radar. Homegrown players are also a key focus, so Branthwaite ticks a lot of boxes, especially with him being a left-sided centre-back.”

Respected journalist Paul Brown recently hinted that Everton’s financial uncertainty, coupled with doubts about the club’s future ownership, could give admirers renewed optimism of securing a summer deal for Branthwaite.

Everton are expected to demand a substantial fee for the 21-year-old, who committed to the club with a long-term contract in October, earning £35,000 per week with close to three-and-a-half years remaining.

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