Arsenal have reached an agreement with Brighton over the signing of Ben White for £50million, football.london understands.
The England international agreed personal terms with the Gunners several weeks ago, but Brighton stood firm on their £50m asking price.
An initial bid of around £40million was rejected by the Seagulls, but Arsenal increased their offer twice for the centre back who was part of the England squad at Euro 2020.
Arsenal’s need for a centre back was evident after the departure of David Luiz whose contract ended last month.
Dinos Mavropanos and William Saliba have both gone out on loan, which leaves Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Gabriel and Calum Chambers as the only senior natural centre backs at the club.
Meanwhile, Albert Sambi Lokonga’s move to Arsenal is all but confirmed although the final announcement has been held up following the temporary closure of the club’s London Colney training ground.
The training ground is being deep cleaned after members of the Under-18s and Under-23s were forced to isolate due to positive COVID-19 tests at London Colney.
Kido Taylor-Hart’s imminent contract extension will also be announced when the training ground is reopened in the coming days.
Arsenal’s first team, who are unaffected, are currently in Scotland at their training camp preparing for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Rangers.
“There have been a small number of positive tests at London Colney which has required some U23 and U18 players to quarantine,” said an Arsenal statement.
“All these positives were transmitted off site and the players are well. However, to protect our players and opponents, two friendly matches for the U23s and U18s have been cancelled.
“Our London Colney training ground has undergone extensive work to help ensure there is no cross-contamination between our various football bubbles.
“The men’s first-team squad are unaffected as they are currently in Scotland. The women’s first-team squad also continue to train as normal.”