Arsenal have finally agreed a deal for the transfer of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White, the player set to move to the Emirates on a £50m deal.
The 23-year-old’s impending switch to the Gunners represents a rapid ascension from the lower divisions to one of the country’s top sides, having been plying his trade out on-loan with Newport Country just three years ago in League Two.
A move to Peterborough United followed a year after before he made the move to Leeds United in the Championship for the 2019/20 campaign, where he would go on to become an almost ever-present under Marcelo Bielsa as the club secured promotion back to the top-flight.
Despite the Yorkshire club’s desire for a permanent deal last summer, White returned to parent club Brighton to become a regular fixture of the first-team, making 36 Premier League appearances for Graham Potter’s side last term and earning a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad in the process.
The versatile centre-back now appears set to cap a fine few years by making the move to Arsenal, The Athletic reporting that a deal has been agreed for the player, the fee believed to be in the region of £50m.
The north London club had seen a couple of initial bids rejected, yet now look to have got their man, as boss Mikel Arteta plots his summer overhaul.
The Gunners have already signed Benfica full-back Nuno Tavares and appear close to a deal for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, while the likes of Manuel Locatelli, James Maddison and Houssem Aouar have also been linked with a move to the Emirates.
White will bolster a defensive unit that has come under fire in recent seasons, while he will also fill the void left by the recently departed David Luiz, who has joined fellow defenders Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi in exiting the club for nothing.
As for Brighton, the deal represents an excellent return on a player whom they plucked as a 16-year-old following his release from Southampton in 2014.