Arsenal have had one £40m bid for Brighton defender Ben White knocked back, but they’re already preparing to submit a second.
On Wednesday, news broke that Arsenal had submitted an opening bid for Brighton centre-back Ben White. Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth reported a £40m Arsenal bid for the player, with Charles Watts and David Ornstein confirming the offer.
All three were clear that the bid wasn’t going to be enough, but also added that Arsenal remained in talks with a second bid expected.
In his article for Goal, Watts added Arsenal had not been put off, that they believe they have a good chance of landing the defender, and they would return with an improved bid to try and get the deal done quickly.
Football.London suggest that offer is already close. They write that Arsenal are preparing to return with a fresh bid, likely to be around the £45m mark.
This may still not be enough. Brighton correspondent Andy Naylor of The Athletic reported on Thursday morning that it will take more than £50m to convince the club to sell, and other major interested parties are lurking.
Football.London agree that Brighton are looking for around £50m, but suggest Arsenal are hopeful of finding a compromise.
White is currently away with England at Euro 2020, but Goal confirm previous reports that he’s aware of Arsenal’s interest and understood to be keen on a move.
Edu has held talks with the player’s representative and emphasised how much they want him to join.