A ripple of surprise has swept through the transfer realm, with reports suggesting that Spanish giants Real Madrid are casting their gaze towards England’s rising defensive star, Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite.
The 21-year-old has emerged as a beacon of solidity in Everton’s backline, forging a formidable partnership with the seasoned James Tarkowski. His assured displays haven’t gone unnoticed, with admirers lining up at his doorstep, including Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
But it’s the interest from the Bernabéu that truly sets tongues wagging. Not only would a move to Real Madrid represent a monumental leap for the young defender, but it also carries a touch of sentimental allure. It was none other than Carlo Ancelotti, now at the helm of Real Madrid, who handed Branthwaite his professional debut at Goodison Park. The prospect of reuniting with his former mentor under the dazzling lights of the Spanish capital could hold irresistible sway.
Real Madrid’s center-back situation is far from a picture of perfect health. Eder Militao and the veteran David Alaba have both been sidelined with anterior cruciate ligament injuries, prompting the club’s brass to scour the market for reinforcements. Branthwaite, with his burgeoning talent and undeniable potential, fits the bill perfectly.
According to MailOnline., Los Blancos will keep a close eye on Branthwaite’s progress throughout the remainder of the season before making a definitive call. Should he continue his upward trajectory, a summer swoop for the Everton prodigy wouldn’t come as a surprise.