Man United join race to sign 18-year-old Championship defender

Man United are among teams keeping a close eye on Jarrad Branthwaite. The Everton centre-back, currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers, has impressed the onlookers with his displays in the Championship this term, with Man United open to a summer swoop.

Jarrad had made his PL debut earlier this campaign with Wolves. However, last month, he was sent out to Blackburn on loan as Carlo Ancelotti wanted him to continue his development with more first-team football. It has proven to be a masterstroke by both sides so far, with the youngster now emerging as one of the rising stars of the Championship so far.

Upon his move to Ewood Park in January, Jarrad has become a first-team regular at Blackburn, having already notched up seven games in the Championship.

Although the Riversiders are currently struggling with four back-to-back losses in the league, the young defensive combination between on-loan Man City starlet Taylor Harwood-Bellis and on-loan Everton centre-back Jarrod Branthwaite has attracted a lot of attention, with the duo performing rather well despite the decent run of results.

Man United, as a result, eyeing a possible swoop for Branthwaite this summer as the Norwegian manager continues his agenda of poaching young British talents.

Under his leadership, players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay have all enjoyed steady growth. In addition to that, the club has been linked with other British talents like Jadon Sancho and Jamal Musiala.

Branthwaite, in that regard, could become the latest signing to this pool of teenagers looking to make an impact in a Man United side that steadily gained prominence due to their core setup as well as the displays in the England top-flight.