Brighton are resigned to losing Ben White but will demand £50m to sell the centre-back after interest from Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool. England international has been included in Three Lions 26-man squad for the European Championships after replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Ben impressed during his debut campaign in the PL season and has already caught the eye of Mikel Arteta, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp, with all three coaches on the lookout for a new defender. Brighton are desperate to keep White and rejected a £25m bid from Leeds United last summer in order to keep the centre-back.
But the Seagulls are realistic about their opportunities of doing so and know there’s little they can do to stand in White’s way if the offer of the UCL football is on the table.
However, Graham Potter’s men will demand in excess of £50m for the Englishman and the Seagulls feel they’re in a strong negotiating position given Ben has three years to run on his contract.
Brighton have received significant interest in Ben’s team-mate, Yves Bissouma and the club’s chief executive recently admitted that every footballer has a price. ‘We know some of our best players aren’t going to be with us forever and, if the right offer comes along and they want to leave, then they can go,’ said Paul Barber.
Brighton are keen to keep Ben for the next campaign given his importance to the team. The club’s huge valuation is likely to be met with resistance from White’s suitors, but an offer of £50m could be too good for Brighton to turn down.