Breaking: Everton plan to keep Branthwaite and sell big-name defender

Breaking: Everton plan to keep Branthwaite and sell big-name defender

If Jarrad Branthwaite stays at Everton, Michael Keane may depart this summer.

Keane would be considered surplus to needs at Goodison Park, according to senior correspondent Pete O’Rourke, who made this revelation on the most recent episode of Football Insider’s Inside Track Podcast.

 

Should Branthwaite stay and the Merseyside club bring in new defenders, Keane might follow him out the door.

This summer, a lot of transfer rumors have surrounded Branthwaite, with the England international being considered by a number of elite Premier League sides.

 

Keane has played 212 games in all competitions and scored 13 goals during his career at Everton.

But under Sean Dyche, he had trouble getting minutes the previous season and made only nine Premier League appearances.

The center defender’s contract, which expires in the summer of next year, was signed by the team in 2017.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, on the other side of the ball, might also be leaving Goodison Park this summer.

 

Dan Friedkin was given a boost following the UEFA publishing of the acceptance statement for Everton.

UEFA has cleared Manchester United and Man City, who may eventually assist Everton.
It’s safe to say that many fans are pleased with what they’ve seen from potential Everton owner Dan Friedkin thus far.

Supporters are hoping for stability following several years of reckless spending and bizarre decisions made by majority owner Farhad Moshiri, as well as the story of 777 Partners, who were unable to convince the Premier League to sanction their ownership of the team.

There are early indications that Friedkin will supply that. The American is a multibillionaire and a well-known businessman. He has already repaid £158 million in debts to MSP Sports Capital and given Everton additional working capital.

The fact that Friedkin already owns AS Roma may have been the lone factor in his selection to receive exclusivity rights over a number other parties.

That is in no way a criticism of the work his company, the Friedkin Group, has done at the Italian corporation since taking over in August 2020. With a considerably improved financial status at Stadio Olimpico and a first-ever European title in the Europa Conference League after the 2021–22 season, Roma supporters appear to be very happy.

From an Everton standpoint, the only worry was that anything might go wrong in the future. Every Evertonian hopes and actually believes that European football will happen frequently. Only Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City have won more league titles than the Blues, making them one of the most illustrious teams in England.

Everton was a consistent participant in the UEFA Cup and Europa League under David Moyes. However, supporters haven’t had the opportunity to cross the continent to cheer on their side since 2017–2018.

Friedkin’s goal will be to get the Toffees back into the top division of the Premier League. The concern has been that a choice would need to be made if Everton and Roma were competing in the same European competition. Roma is a frequent participant in European competitions; they advanced to the Europa League semifinals the previous year and will return in 2024–25.

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