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.
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.