According to Sportsmail, Manchester United are keeping an eye on Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite as the Red Devils prepare for the future.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to rebuild his defence this summer, and while the Toffees teenager is not expected to walk straight into his first-team at Old Trafford if signed, he is very much on their radar.
The England youth international is currently on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers, and his performances have caught the eye of the Red Devils.
Branthwaite being a left-footed centre-back has also attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, and Everton could have a battle on their hands in the coming months.
The 18-year-old moved to Goodison Park from Carlisle United a year ago in a £1 million deal, and he quickly impressed manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Thanks to an injury crisis at the back, he made his Everton debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers following the restart last July and went on to make four Premier League appearances.
The Toffees started the 2020-21 campaign with a fully fit squad, and they decided a loan move was best for Branthwaite in order for him to continue his development and play regular games.
Standing at an impressive 6ft 5ins, it is not surprising that the centre-back is attracting the likes of Man United, Man City and Liverpool, and more suitors may emerge in the months ahead.
He has only featured in seven games this term for Blackburn, and while his ball intercepting skills have continued to improve he needs to be stronger in aerial duels.