Arsenal reach ‘agreement in principle’ for Ben White but could face delay to £50m transfer – The Mirror

Arsenal have finally struck an agreement with Brighton for the transfer of central defender Ben White.

Mikel Arteta earmarked the England international as his top transfer priority, with the Spaniard desperate to add a right-sided centre-back.

The Gunners have been locked in negotiations with the Seagulls for much of the window and the Seagulls have already rejected two bids.

Albion were adamant they would earn at least £50million for White and with Arsenal finally meeting that valuation, they will reluctantly sell, according to the Athletic.

At £50m, White will become the club’s most expensive defender usurping the £36.9m paid to Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi in 2016.

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Ben White
Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Ben White

The deal will also signify the third largest outlay in Arsenal history with only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe costing more.

The Brighton defender’s arrival will also serve to back up Arteta’s claim that the club’s owners are still fully committed to the cause.

The Kroenke’s have come under fire in recent months thanks to the European Super League, but speaking at the end of the season, he suggested they were still fully behind the project.

It is suggested that the transfer could take some time to be officially confirmed and will only be completed upon the subject of a medical he will conduct following his holiday.

White was selected in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the Euros after Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up an injury in the warm-up games.

His versatility to play in both defence and midfield persuaded Southgate to include him, although he failed to play a single minute in the Three Lions’ run to the final.

White was a part of England's Euro 2020 squad and his move will be officially confirmed after he returns from holiday
White was a part of England’s Euro 2020 squad and his move will be officially confirmed after he returns from holiday

Arsenal have so far completed the transfer of Nuno Tavares from Benfica, while Albert Sambi Lokonga’s move from Anderlecht is all but announced.

When White eventually arrives at London Colney he will join up with England teammate Bukayo Saka, who was left impressed following their training sessions at the tournament.

“I was impressed the most by Ben White because obviously I haven’t seen him a lot this season,” Saka told ITV Sport.

“Coming here and playing with him I’ve been impressed with him.”

Arteta’s current players will be in action on Saturday when they face Rangers in their second pre-season fixture after losing to Hibernian in the first.

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