Arsenal’s £ 40million offer for England defender Ben White REJECTED by Brighton … forcing the Gunners to consider an improved offer to avoid missing out on Man United, Liverpool or Tottenham
- Brighton rejected a £ 40million offer from Arsenal for star defender Ben White
- Interest in the 23-year-old has increased after being called up to the England squad
- As a result, Brighton imposed a £ 50million prize on his academy prospect
- Arsenal will also have to fight Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham
Brighton has reportedly rejected a £ 40million offer from Arsenal for star defender Ben White.
The Gunners are among several clubs that have shown an interest in the 23-year-old after he was called up to England’s Gareth Southgate side this summer.
However, Arsenal will need to come back with an improved offer to have a chance of snagging the defender during the summer transfer window.
Brighton rejected a £ 40million offer from Arsenal for star defender Ben White (above)
As Sportsmail previously revealed, Brighton has placed a price tag of £ 50million on its academy project and will continue to reject any inferior bid presented.
White will also be looking for a pay raise the next term after gaining a year of experience. in the Premier League and earn a place in the England squad for Euro 2020 this summer.
Interest in the 23-year-old defender increased after being called up to the England squad
As a result, Brighton has now placed a £ 50million prize on his prospect at the academy (right)
As a result, Arsenal will have to assess whether they can strike a deal for the Whites within their current budget – according to The Sun.
The Gunners will feel the financial pressure not to qualify for Europe next season during the summer transfer window.
However, Mikel Arteta is still keen to use his reduced budget to bolster a number of positions this summer.
Finding a replacement for David Luiz would be a priority for Gunner’s manager and he is believed to think White would be the perfect fit.
Arsenal will have to assess if they can strike a deal with their current budget
Mikel Arteta thinks White could be the perfect replacement for David Luiz (above)
White could also be seen as a replacement right-back given that Hector Bellerin has been linked with a departure from the Emirates.
After making 36 appearances as the Seagulls comfortably beat the 13-point drop, Arteta was impressed with White’s performance.
However, Arsenal will have to contend with the interest of Premier League giants Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.