Ben White: Arsenal accept £ 50million deal to sign Brighton defender | Football news
Arsenal have reached a deal to sign Brighton center-back Ben White for £ 50million.
Sky Sports News reported that Arsenal rejected a £ 40million bid in June and another decision for a £ 47million price tag was subsequently rejected.
But with talks continuing into July, the two Premier League clubs appear to have struck a deal on a deal that will see Brighton secure a £ 50million guarantee in structured payments with no add-ons.
Brighton also inserted a sell clause for White, who was selected by Gareth Southgate for England’s Euro 2020 campaign.
The 23-year-old is expected to undergo a medical examination when he returns from vacation on July 26.
After leaving Southampton in 2014, White moved to Brighton and eventually made his mark on the South Coast after loan spells with Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United.
After breaking through in the first team at the Amex stadium, he impressed last season in the Premier League in the thick of defense.
He also helped Brighton survive relegation and finish 16th in the top flight with the best joint defense in the bottom half of the league (46 goals conceded).
The Gunners are looking to strengthen their defense after finishing eighth in the Premier League and missing European football for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
What would the Whites bring to Arsenal?
By Nick Wright of Sky Sports
Arsenal’s pursuit of Ben White has puzzled some supporters. For a team with the third best defensive record in the Premier League last season, wouldn’t £ 50million be better spent elsewhere?
But for Mikel Arteta, like many coaches in modern football, the role of a central defender is not simply to keep the ball out of his own net. It’s about getting it back as accurately and efficiently as possible, and thus becoming the starting point for the team’s attacks.
Arteta considers playing from the back a key tenet of his philosophy, but advancing the ball across the pitch has been a persistent problem during his tenure – especially when he’s been without David Luiz, whose departure this summer left a gap in the game in the heart of Arsenal’s defense.
Arsenal transfer updates: Bellerin, Lokonga
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has told Arsenal he wants a new challenge.
Transfer talks continue with Inter, and while Arsenal want a permanent deal – or at least a loan with an obligation to buy – the Serie A champions prefer a loan with an option to buy.
Bellerin would welcome the move to Italy, and with his contract with Arsenal in 2023, he will not be extending his stay in the Emirates.
The 26-year-old is part of Arsenal’s Scotland squad and came off the bench in Tuesday’s pre-season loss to Hibernian.
Albert Sambi Lokonga’s transfer from Anderlecht to Arsenal will be finalized once the player is out of quarantine.
Lokonga is in London after a deal was reached last week. He will have to undergo final medical checks before the deal is officially announced, with costs estimated at around £ 15million.
Arsenal 2021/22 matches: Gunners start with Bees & Chelsea
Arsenal will start their 2021/22 Premier League campaign away from newcomers Brentford on Saturday 14 August.
Mikel Arteta’s side, which finished in a disappointing eighth place in the Premier League table, will then play a London derby in the Emirates against European champions Chelsea on August 21, before surrendering to current champions Manchester City. August 28.
Arsenal’s first North London derby takes place on the weekend of September 25 at home against Tottenham, while the second leg takes place on the weekend of January 15 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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