Arsenal close to signing Brighton defender Ben White in £50m deal
Arsenal are close to agreeing a £50m deal with Brighton to sign defender Ben White.
The Gunners saw an initial offer for the 23-year-old turned away but The Athletic now report talks are progressing quickly with an agreement thought to be not far off.
Brighton have demanded £50m for the centre-half with Arsenal’s latest offer standing at £45m with £5m in add-ons.
Face-to-face talks have been held between all parties and there is growing optimism White will be an Arsenal player before the start of the 2021-22 season.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have also held interest in signing White but Mikel Arteta’s side now appear close to beating their rivals to his signature with no problems envisaged in agreeing personal terms with the player.
The report adds other interested clubs are now under the impression that White will sign for Arsenal with no rival offers on the table.
White’s arrival at The Emirates could pave the way for William Saliba to leave the club on loan for a third straight season.