Arsenal are reportedly getting close to a deal for Brighton defender Ben White. The Gunners will be shelling out close to £50 million to sign the 23-year-old, according to Goal.com. Arsenal have wasted no time in coming up with a second offer which matches Brighton’s valuation of the player. Only a few days ago, Arsenal had their first bid of £40 million rejected by the Seagulls for the centre back.
A smooth progression in the deal has occurred since Arsenal came in favour of meeting Brighton’s valuation. Rather than come up with a full £50 million offer, Arsenal seem to have convinced Brighton by including a number of add-ons.
The signing is quite crucial for Arsenal, who are especially weak in the central defensive positions thanks to the exit of David Luiz. Another player who will vacate the squad is Konstantinos Mavropanos, who is close to returning to Stuttgart on a permanent basis for around £7 million.
White has made progress in leaps and bounds. He is part of England’s setup at the Euro 2020 despite having played just one full campaign in the Premier League so far. After coming through the ranks at Brighton, White has spent the majority of his time in the lower leagues with the likes of Newport County, Peterborough United, and Leeds United. He came to prominence during his loan spell with Leeds United, as he was instrumental in the club’s promotion back to the Premier League.
His ability to play in the high press and high tempo game of Leeds United is likely to help Arteta be more fluid with the tactics and formations. Once the transfer interest from Arsenal became apparent, it was always difficult for Brighton to keep hold of their star asset. Even then, White’s contract opening up until 2024 has been crucial in helping Brighton get the maximum value.