It is pretty evident that Roma is set to strengthen the defense in the summer transfer window. According to multiple reports emanating from Italy, AS Roma are eyeing Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite. The 20-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Everton spent 1.1 million euros to sign the England international from Carlisle United in the winter of 2020. He has two years left on his current contract which expires in 2025. In July 2022, Branthwaite was sent to PSV on a season-long loan.
The centre-back has banged in 4 goals in 20 matches for PSV this term on all fronts.
He’s incredibly experienced for a 20-year-old and still has tons of room for growth. The 20-year-old has represented England at Under-20 level, winning one cap.
Jarrad Branthwaite will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for PSV this term.
José Mourinho is looking to shore up his defensive options and Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite happens to be a target. AS Roma have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential. Branthwaite is a long-term target of AS Roma and could be a decent addition for José Mourinho’s side.
The former Carlisle United man is a very comfortable defender and has qualities which would improve the Roma’s backline.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite is emerging as a target for Serie A giants Roma. The Italian capital club will be on the lookout for a new defender in the summer. The 20-year-old has impressed at PSV Eindhoven on loan this season. The Dutch club are also eager to secure Branthwaite permanently at the end of the term. Per Giallorossi.net, Branthwaite stands out among the targets for Roma for their defense. Manager Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of the left-sided defender.”
AS Roma are showing interest in signing centre-back, but will have to dig deep to land him.
The Toffees are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive a massive offer for him.
Good signing for AS Roma?
The Serie A giants need to bolster their squad depth and acquiring Branthwaite will certainly be a forward step.
Jarrad Branthwaite has all the skillset required to be a success story at Roma. Therefore, it makes sense for José Mourinho to step up his attempts to bring the English centre-back to Serie A side.
How strong that interest is and whether Roma will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Should AS Roma sign Jarrad Branthwaite?