Since returning to the Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 has strengthened practically every part of the team. For the defensive, the Royal Blues are now even courting a player from the English Premier League.
Like the English”Daily Mailwrites, the Royal Blues are among a number of clubs that have signaled an interest in Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite.
The 19-year-old is set to leave the Toffees on loan in the summer. In addition to PSV Eindhoven and six clubs from the second English division, Schalke is said to be a possible buyer. The teams from the Championship are said to be Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Blackpool, Cardiff and Sunderland.
In Gelsenkirchen, the left foot would be in direct competition with Marcin Kaminski. In the previous season, the Pole mostly held the left position in the defensive chain.
Schalke’s defense is about to change in the summer anyway. Since the top management decided against signing loan player Ko Itakura and youngster Malick Thiaw is also associated with a change, S04 has already reached the transfer market several times.
FC Schalke 04 brings in young defenders
In the person of Leo Greiml (Rapid Wien) and Ibrahima Cissé (KAA Gent), the Royal Blues have already brought in two young central defenders. With Branthwaite, the defensive makeover could continue.
The 1.95 meter tall youth international has worn the jersey of Everton FC for two years. Since moving from Carlisle United in winter 2020, he has slowly developed into a player with Premier League format.
He made six appearances for the Liverpool club last season. He also scored his first goal in the top English league in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in December.
However, with Everton in a relegation battle until just before the end of the season, Branthwaite was never really able to establish himself in the top eleven in a turbulent environment.