Arsenal are in advanced talks with Brighton and Hove Albion about the potential signing of centre-back Ben White.
The deal could be worth in excess of £50m, and negotiations have taken a positive turn, according to several reports.
While Brighton have not made any public statements regarding the English centre-back, club owner Tony Bloom
will not stand in the White’s way if he decides to leave the Annex Stadium,
Negotiations are in advanced stages, with only personal terms and other formalities being the only things remaining to complete the deal.
White was a crucial part of Brighton’s survival in the Premier League as he made 36 appearances for
the Seagulls last season, after spending the previous campaign at Leeds United.
He predominantly plays as a centre-back but can also provide cover in midfield when it comes to protecting the back four.
Thanks to his partnership with Lewis Dunk, Brighton had the joint best defence in the bottom half of the
Premier League table as they finished 16th on the log, having conceded only 46 goals.
He was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad or England and eventually made the final list after Liverpool ace Trent-Alexander Arnold pulled out with injury.
His signing will be key for Arsenal, who will need to bolster their defence, especially after the departure of David Luiz. Arsenal are also in talks with Belgian side Anderlecht over the potential signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga,
who is in consideration a maestro in midfield.
By Taiyelolu A