PSV Eindhoven director Marcel Brands has admitted that it seems unlikely they will be able to sign defender Jarrad Branthwaite from Everton this summer.
The Dutchman has been speaking to Eindhovens Dagblad about the situation at the club and their plans to reinforce the squad in this transfer window.
Big decisions have to be made over players currently at the club, particularly loan players who have been key under former manager Ruud van Nistelrooy this season.
He got that and proved to be a big hit and it’s been made clear for several months that PSV would like to keep him on a permanent basis.
Everton, though, have proved resistant and reports have made it clear that their asking price was too expensive for PSV to match.
This has now seemingly been confirmed by Brands, who told ED that “financially this will be difficult to achieve, I expect” when asked about a permanent move for Branthwaite.
That’s a further indication that Everton’s demands seem to be much more than PSV want to pay or can even afford at this moment in time.
Perhaps they can convince the Toffees to lower their demands in the coming weeks, but for now the young defender appears to be set for a return to Goodison Park.