Everton have launched a late bid to ‘gazump’ Arsenal in the race to sign Brighton defender Ben White.
Arsenal have held talks with Brighton in recent weeks over a move to sign the England international this summer, with the north London side having already seen two offers rejected by the Seagulls.
The Gunners latest proposal is believed to be an offer of £42m with a further £4m in add-ons for White, though Everton have now moved to outbid Arsenal with a greater offer that meets Brighton’s valuation of more than £50m.
According to the Mail, Everton are moving quickly following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the club’s new manager and have tabled a bid that includes a guaranteed £50m for White – including £20m upfront with a further £30m paid over instalments.
White impressed during a first full season in the Premier League with Brighton last term, having returned from a loan spell at Leeds United in which he helped the club to promotion from the Championship in 2019/20.
The 23-year-old is currently with the England squad at Euro 2020 and has informed Brighton of his desire to leave, whilst the Seagulls hierarchy have said they will allow their leading talents to leave if significant offers arrive.
White is believed to have been keen on a move to Arsenal, though the speed of Everton’s approach is said to have impressed him and he has not ruled out the prospect of moving to Merseyside.