Jarrad Branthwaite is the name of the Everton defender, who has recently caught the attention of Manchester United, Liverpool, and the Italians of Rome. The player is currently on loan at PSV Eindhoven, and has impressed with his form this season under coach Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Despite the fact that the Dutch club has made 2 official offers for Branthwaite's card, the last one in the figures of 15 million pounds, Everton has rejected them, as it believes that the defender is worth much more. The player has made 17 appearances for PSV this season, scoring a goal in an important 4-3 win over Feyenoord.
The defender will face a tough test next week, as PSV face Sevilla in the Europa League, a competition where the Spaniards can be considered specialists. United and Liverpool agents are expected to be present at this challenge, to closely follow Branthwaite's progress.
Everton currently have too many centre-backs in the squad, and have no intention of seeking the player's return to England. The club leaders are of the idea that the more time Jarrad spends in Holland, the more the value of his card will increase, as the defender is having a pretty good time with PSV.
However, a lot will depend on Everton's position at the end of the season. The English are still in danger of relegation, and the arrival of new manager Sean Dyche is not a sure ticket to stay in the Premier League. Branthwaite has only made 13 first-team appearances for Everton, but has shown his talent on numerous occasions. It remains to be seen what will be the fate of the player at the end of the season.