Former Carlisle United defender Jarrad Branthwaite is being monitored by Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, as reported by Ekrem Konur on Twitter (X).
Branthwaite currently plies his trade for Premier League side Everton and has had a stellar season for the Toffees in what has been one of the stronger defences in the league.
The 21-year-old has made 16 Premier League appearances this season and has seen out the full duration of each match. Since coming into the starting line-up, Branthwaite has helped Everton keep the joint-most clean sheets this season, with six so far.
Those performances have not gone unnoticed, with the England under-21 international being watched by a whole host of top European teams. German champions Bayern Munich are the latest to be added to that long-list, who could be interested in signing another English player after the successful signing of Harry Kane from Tottenham in the summer.
Branthwaite already has experience of playing abroad, having enjoyed a season on loan with Eredivise side PSV Eindhoven. During his time in the Netherlands, the defender would help PSV to the Dutch Cup as well as to second second place in the Eredivise behind winners Feyenoord.
His transfer stock has no doubt risen due to his performances for Everton this season, but also due to the part he played in the England under-21 side who won the European Championships this season.
Although losing Branthwaite would be detrimental to Everton’s back line, he would certainly go for a good price given his age. The Premier League side are however not the only team who would benefit from a sale, with former side Carlisle United also receiving a proportion of any transfer fee.
It is believed that the Cumbrian side, who sit at the bottom of the League One table currently, will receive around 10% of the fee. That could provide a huge boost for Carlisle given the situation they are currently in and will certainly be some welcomed additional finance to set the club up for the future.
Branthwaite spent his youth career with the League One side, and would make 14 appearances in all competitions for the first team before completing a move to Everton in the 2020 January transfer window.
His potential was obvious during his time at Carlisle but he has reached heights that many may have not thought he could so early in his career. A big money move would greatly benefit Everton, but more so Carlisle who could really use the money to build for the future through improving the academy where they may bring through more players like Branthwaite.
Carlisle fans will be licking their lips at the potential sale of Branthwaite as the club will receive some serious money as a result of sell-on fees. The youngster is already knocking on the door of the England senior team which could increase a potential fee even more.
Everton have a gem on their hands and will want the right price for the youngster, with Bayern Munich being the most dominant team in Germany in recent years, they should easily be able to meet the Toffees asking price. Can they fend off other competition is another question, but the German giants do seem like a good landing spot for the Cumbrian.