Man Utd make opening offer for Everton's Branthwaite

Manchester United have made their opening offer for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

Several sources have indicated the offer was worth in the region of £45m. However, other sources have insisted it was significantly less. The offer is expected to be rejected.

As far as Everton are concerned, they have not put a valuation on a player they consider to be of high value to them and a key member of Sean Dyche's squad.

Recruiting in the heart of defence has been marked as a priority for FA Cup winners Manchester United this summer.

Raphael Varane is leaving at the end of the month when his deal expires, while Jonny Evans has been offered a contract to stay on at Old Trafford.

Everton could look set to sell one of their main assets before the end of June to stay in line with Premier League Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Another Everton player who could fetch a sizeable fee is Amadou Onana - but no move has yet emerged for the midfielder.