Chelsea added to list of teams chasing one of England’s top young defenders

This story has felt inevitable at some point as he’s risen through the ranks. Giant Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has really had a breakout campaign, and looks set to be a top class England star of the future.

Still just 21, he’s developing really quickly and it’s no surprise to hear plenty of teams linked to him. In this case, Caughtoffside claim Chelsea and Arsenal are in the hunt.

Arsenal already have two brilliant young first choice central defenders, which may give us the edge here. Chelsea look set to lose Thiago Silva this summer, Wesley Fofana can’t stay fit, then Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi hardly look guaranteed world beaters.

For as long as Levi Colwill gets used as a left back, there is certainly more space in our squad than in Arsenal’s for a player like Branthwaite.

Everton have him locked in to a solid contract though, so we can’t expect to get him cheap.

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