Brighton have unfathomable price tag in mind for top Arsenal defensive target

Harry Maguire Ben White England TEAMtalk

Brighton have still not received an acceptable transfer offer for Ben White and he will leave on his summer break with his future up in the air.

White was part of England’s Euro 2020 squad and although he did not feature he will be given time off before he has to report back for pre-season with the Seagulls.

Just where White’s long-term future lies remains unclear. Arsenal have registered their interest in the young centre-back.

And what is more the 23-year-old is understood to be leaning towards a move to the capital.

According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, the Poole-born stopper is eager to move to the Emirates.

Speaking on The Football Terrace, he said, “Ben White really wants this move even though there was a bit of late interest from Everton.

“The defender has his heart set on a move to the Emirates. I think he wants to stay down south predominantly as well so that puts Arsenal in a real good position to finalise this move.”

A transfer though is nowhere near being done. Arsenal yet to offer a deal that Brighton see fit to accept.

There is no chance of Brighton publicly putting a sale price on the head of White. But they are understood to be looking for a considerable fee after his debut season in the Premier League.

According to The Argus: “There is currently nothing on the table they would accept.”

The Brighton local paper accept Arsenal have the most interest in former Leeds loanee White, and they know that Brighton will only accept a big offer.

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Brighton want a ‘nonsensical offer’

The Argus claims a “well-placed source” has informed them “it would take a number which makes it ‘nonsensical to say no’ to move White”.

That does not sound like good news for Arsenal, who have a number of pressing transfer matters and not infinite funds.


Only last week Duncan Castles claimed on The Transfer Window Podcast, as cited by Football Talk, that Arsenal had offered £48m guaranteed, plus a further £6m in add-ons, making the entire deal worth up to £54m.

Castles adds that the offer is around what Brighton are after.

He said: “My understanding is that Arsenal made a third offer for White at the beginning of this week. They’ve increased the guaranteed sum to £48m.

“There’s another £6m in performance related variables, the majority of which should be easily achieved. So they’ve pretty much got to where White expected to be sold for.”

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