Everton try to watch Arsenal in the race to sign Ben White after discussing with Brighton a £ 50million transfer for the England defender … with the Toffees moving fast in the transfer market after hiring Rafa Benitez
- Everton spoke to Brighton about defender Ben White
- The Toffees’ £ 50million offer includes £ 5million in add-ons, exceeding Arsenal’s package
- White would have been particularly keen to join the Gunners
- But he’s impressed with how Everton have turned since Rafa Benitez was appointed
Everton are trying to get Arsenal’s attention in the battle to sign England’s Ben White from Brighton, with Rafael Benitez quickly making his presence felt after his managerial appointment on Tuesday.
Sportsmail has learned that Everton has been in talks with Brighton over a £ 50million transfer for the defender, who is part of England’s Euros squad, with £ 5million available for the club from the south coast in add-ons, a package that surpasses that offered by Arsenal in the last week.
Brighton has already rejected two offers from Arsenal, their highest bid of £ 42million plus £ 4million of add-ons turned down last Friday, and expects more than £ 50million.
Everton try to grab Arsenal in battle to sign England’s Ben White
Brighton has already rejected two Arsenal offers from Mikel Arteta for White, their highest bid being £ 42million plus £ 4million in add-ons
Although they have not yet made a formal offer, Everton have indicated that they are ready to guarantee a payment of £ 50million, of which £ 20million would be paid in advance, the 30million of remaining books to be distributed equally over the four years – one-year contract.
White, 23, has made it clear to Brighton that he wants to leave as he has been given verbal assurances that the club will not stand in his way if he receives a suitable offer from one of the top six clubs in the signing a new contract. Last year.
The 23-year-old would have been particularly keen on signing for Arsenal, but the speed with which Everton has come since Benitez’s appointment this week has impressed him and he hasn’t ruled out a move to Goodison Park.
Benitez has asked Everton for assurances he will be supported in the transfer market before signing a three-year deal this week and in sanctioning a move for White, the club have kept their word.
The 23-year-old would have been particularly keen on signing for Arsenal
How fast Everton have evolved since Rafa Benitez took over has impressed White