Arsenal in advanced talks for Brighton defender

Arsenal in advanced talks for Brighton defender

Arsenal in advanced talks with Brighton over the signing of Ben White, deal could be worth in excess of £50m with personal terms not expected to be a problem; defender was called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad as a replacement for injured Trent Alexander-Arnold

Brighton have not made public their asking price but club owner Tony Bloom will not stand in White’s way if he wants to leave – provided that valuation is met.

Negotiations are centred on the structure of payments and personal terms are not expected to be a problem, as all parties are hopeful a deal can be completed.

There remains a gap in the valuation and a difference in how the deal would be structured, with Brighton under no pressure to sell.

White, who is predominantly a centre-back but can also provide cover in midfield, made 36 Premier League appearances for Brighton last season after spending the 2019/20 season on loan at Leeds.

He impressed as Brighton survived relegation and finished 16th in the Premier League with the joint-best defence in the bottom half of the league as they conceded 46 goals.

Brighton's Ben White will be in England's provisional squad for Euro 2020
White was a mainstay for Brighton in the 2020-21 season

White earned his first England call-up in May when he was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020 and made his full international debut in a warm-up match against Austria.

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